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 in Collins, MS, can help you regain your oral function with lifelike restorations supported by dental implants.
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the next best thing to natural teeth...
Protect Your Jawbone
Dental implants are the only restorative dentistry option that can stop and prevent jawbone atrophy, which can save you from needing bone grafting to qualify for treatment later.
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Tooth loss is common, affecting millions of Americans. However, that doesn't mean you have to suffer. Dental implants can preserve your jawbone and restore your oral health, function, and appearance when paired with crowns, dentures, or bridges. Dr. Wilson has been helping patients regain their oral function with implant-supported restorations for about 15 years at his Collins, MS dental clinic.
We strive to develop lifelong relationships with patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate approach. We want patients to leave our practice with healthy, functional, and beautiful smiles that will last for years to come. If you are missing teeth or need full mouth reconstruction and want to learn more about dental implants, contact us using our online form or call us to request a consultation today.
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How Do Dental Implants Work?
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The Dental Implant Procedure
The total length of your implant treatment will depend 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 coordinated by our dentistry practice:
Dental implant treatment generally takes about three to six months to complete, but your timeline may vary based on your individual needs.
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Missing teeth can make daily activities like eating or speaking a challenge. They can also make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. If you're looking for a reliable solution that you can count on for decades, dental implants may be right for you. We encourage you to request a consultation so Dr. Wilson can conduct a thorough evaluation of your mouth and recommend a treatment plan. To get started, simply fill out our online form or call our Collins dental office at:
Worried About Costs? Our Collins Practice Accepts Insurance and Financing
Dental implants aren't covered by basic insurance, but restorations like crowns, dentures, and bridges usually are. Our team will work with you to help you get the most out of your benefits. We accept all insurance, including Medicaid and CHIPS.
We understand this dental solution can be a significant investment. That's why we accept financing through CareCredit®, a third-party company that splits costs into monthly payment plans, giving patients more time and flexibility to pay for the care they need.
Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire dental arch of teeth, implants can help restore your smile.
Types of Implant Restorations
A single dental implant and custom crown are an excellent solution if you are only missing one tooth. Unlike the placement of a traditional bridge, this procedure does not require any alteration of healthy natural teeth.
Patients who have a large gap due to two or more consecutive missing teeth may be candidates for an implant-supported bridge. These restorations are similar to their traditional counterparts, but they are attached to dental implants rather than natural teeth.
Those who are missing most or all of their teeth can benefit from implant-supported dentures, which can be removable. They are secured to the jaw with dental implants for exceptional stability and restored function.
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.
If significant bone loss has occurred, patients may not be eligible for standard implant treatment. All-on-4 is an innovative method that uses strategic implant placement to maximize contact with existing bone, potentially eliminating the need for a bone graft. A fixed full-arch restoration is supported by just four implants.
Recovery and Aftercare
Take Medications as Directed
Dr. Wilson will provide you with prescription medications, which should be taken exactly as instructed. You 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. We advise our patients to stop smoking for several months before and after implant surgery.
Attend All Follow-UpsOnce your implant or implants have been placed, your oral surgeon will schedule you for a few follow-up visits at our Collins office. It is important to attend these appointments to ensure that you are healing appropriately.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, your dental implants and abutments can last a lifetime. However, it is important to remember that your crown, bridge, or denture restoration will wear over time with use and will need to be replaced. On average, restorations supported by dental implants last about ten to fifteen years.
How do I care for my dental implants and restoration?
Dental implants and the restorations they support can be treated just like natural teeth. Brush and floss as you normally would. Your dentist at our Collins practice will provide you with all the information you need to maintain your implant-supported bridge, crown, or dentures for years to come.
Does implant placement hurt?
No. You will be thoroughly numbed and provided additional sedation if you desire to ensure you do not feel pain during implant placement. Any discomfort in the first few days after implant placement can typically be easily managed at home. Your dentist will provide you with the instructions you need to make recovery as easy as possible.
How long does it take for implants to fuse to the jawbone?
The amount of time it takes for the implants to fuse to the jawbone can vary from patient to patient. This process is called osseointegration, and on average, it takes about 3 to 6 months.