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Dental Implants

Missing teeth interfere with your appearance, chewing function, and oral health. It is important to replace them as soon as possible.

Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jaw. They mimic tooth roots and can be restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dr. Ramsey E. Wilson places and restores implants at our Collins, MS, dental practice for convenient, streamlined care.

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How Do Dental Implants Work?

In order to replace one tooth, a dental implant is placed strategically in the jawbone during a surgical procedure. An abutment is added to the implant once healing is complete, and a final restoration–in this case, a crown–is attached to restore your smile.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The total length of your implant treatment depends on several factors, including the type of implant placed, the type of implant restoration you choose, and your body's healing capacity. In most cases, dental implant treatment takes about three to six months to complete. Here are the general steps to expect during implant treatment at our dentistry practice:

Dental implant treatment takes about three to six months to complete.
Dental implant treatment takes about three to six months to complete.

Anesthesia

To begin your dental implant surgery, Dr. Wilson administers local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. When necessary, he also provides sedation options.
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Incisions

Once the treatment site is completely numb, a small incision is created in the gum tissue. This allows Dr. Wilson to prepare the jawbone for your new dental implant.
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Dental Implant Placement

Using specialized dental instruments, Dr. Wilson carefully places the titanium implant into the jaw. He uses scans and x-rays to find the best location.
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Healing Period

After your implant has been placed, a healing period of three to six months is usually necessary. During this time the bone fuses to the implant.

Abutment Placement

When the dental implant has healed, a small connector post–called an abutment–is attached. This serves as a foundation for your restoration.
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Restoration Attachment

Finally, your restoration is added. Once this step is complete, you will be able to clean your dental implant-supported restoration just like a natural tooth.
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Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire dental arch, implants can help restore your smile.

Types of Implant Restorations

Your implant treatment plan will be tailored to your unique dental needs. Implants are versatile and can be restored with:

Dental Crowns

A single dental implant and custom crown are an excellent solution for a patient who is only missing one tooth. This procedure does not require any alteration of the natural tooth structure so optimal oral health is preserved.

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Dental Bridges

Patients who have a large gap due to consecutively missing teeth can opt for an implant-supported bridge. These restorations are similar to their traditional counterparts, but are attached to dental implants rather than natural teeth.

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Dentures

Those who are missing most or all of their teeth can benefit from implant-supported dentures. These removable dentures are secured to the jaw with dental implants. They stay firmly in place until you are ready to take them out.

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Fixed Full-Arch Bridge

Some patients prefer a fixed solution instead of a removable denture. In these instances, a full-arch hybrid denture can be supported by six to eight implants. This type of denture can only be removed by your dentist.

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All-on-4 Implants

If significant bone loss has occurred, patients may not be eligible for standard implant treatment. All-on-4® is an alternative method that uses strategic implant placement to maximize existing bone. A fixed full-arch restoration is supported by just four implants.

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What should I expect after my dentistry visit?

Recovery and Aftercare

Following implant surgery, patients can expect a few temporary side effects, such as bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Fortunately, these symptoms can be mitigated by following a few recommended guidelines:

Take Medications as Directed

Dr. Wilson will provide you with prescription medications, which should be taken exactly as instructed. Patients can also take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Smoking interferes with the body's healing process. In fact, smokers are far more likely to experience postoperative complications, including infection and implant failure.

Attend All Follow-Ups

Once your implant or implants have been placed, we will schedule you for a few follow-up visits. It is important to attend these appointments so Dr. Wilson can ensure that you are healing appropriately.

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Royce Caswell

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This is the best dentist i have ever been to. They had to extract a tooth that had ulcers around it and a bone spur. They numbed my mouth and then gave me the shots. I never felt anything. And that has never happened. I recommend this dentist to everyone. 

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Ramsey E Wilson, DMD

Ramsey E Wilson, DMD

Dr. Ramsey E. Wilson is a leading dentist offering comprehensive, compassionate, and gentle dental care in a relaxed setting. Over the past three decades, Dr. Wilson has helped patients of all ages achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. He is proud to offer affordable, accessible care: 

  • Accepts all types of dental insurance
  • Accepts Medicaid and CHIP
  • Flexible financing options through CareCredit

When you visit our office, we'll help you make the most informed, educated decisions about your treatment. To get started, request an appointment online or call our office at (601) 765-4405.

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