Dental Implants

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Dental Implants in Birmingham, Alabama 

Tooth loss, whether caused by oral injury, congenitally missing teeth, periodontitis, or another reason, affects the patient’s quality of life, eating habits, speech, appearance of their smile and self-esteem. 

 

Patients experiencing tooth loss have a variety of restorative options, including dental bridges, porcelain crowns, and dental implants. Birmingham cosmetic dentist Dr. Paul Koch is an experienced restorative dentist, providing options carefully selected to suit the patient’s individual needs and budget. Dental implants offer patients a secure solution for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like the natural teeth.

Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant procedure at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama starts with a smile analysis. Dr. Koch uses the latest technology to analyze the patient’s existing dental health. From there, Dr. Koch provides a personalized treatment plan to help patients achieve a beautiful, restored smile. 

 

During the next appointment, Dr. Koch extracts all of the teeth as indicated on the treatment plan and, depending on the health of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the extraction sites, inserts the implant, fitting the patient with a temporary bridge. The implants take approximately 6 months to heal. During this time, Dr. Koch creates the permanent crowns, which he will place over the implants, providing the patient with replacement teeth that look and feel like their natural teeth. 

 

In addition to this traditional dental implant method, Dr. Koch also offers patients Teeth-in-an-Hour™. Using VR software during a CT scan, Dr. Koch can access the blueprints of any patient’s teeth and build the implant before the surgery is performed. So when the patient arrives, it’s a simple procedure that allows them to leave our Birmingham office with a new smile in an hour! 

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants, while the preferred choice for tooth replacement, require a large investment of time and care. Our team at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry understands the importance of replacement teeth and wants to help our patients when considering this treatment plan. Review our questions below, and contact our office with any further questions or concerns.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant, or tooth implant, is a small titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone and acts as the “root” of the replacement tooth. As the implant heals, it fuses into the jaw bone to secure the tooth into place, much like how the root of a natural tooth integrates with the jaw bone.



A dental crown is then attached to the upper surface, or abutment, of the dental implant (in the case of a single tooth). When replacing multiple teeth, Dr. Koch can use a denture, partial denture, or bridge, which attach to the implants and hold them securely in place.

What are implant-supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures – commonly referred to as All-on-4 or All-on-6 – require the same procedure as single dental implants. With implant-supported dentures, however, Dr. Koch uses a titanium-supported denture that secures into the implant posts. This procedure offers patients tremendous benefits when the patient is missing multiple teeth or requires extensive restorative procedures.



Implant-supported dentures greatly improve oral health and quality of life and eliminate the typical drawbacks of traditional dentures.

Are there various types of dental implants?

Yes, there are various types of dental implants. The most commonly known and requested dental implants are the All-on-4 or All-on-6 implant supported dentures. At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, we also offer:

 

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are numerous benefits of dental implants for tooth replacement and restoration, including:

 

  • The look and feel of natural teeth due to the integration into the jaw bone
  • Reduction of alteration to neighboring teeth, improving long-term oral health
  • Prevention of tooth migration and bone loss
How do dental implants work?

Dental implant surgery is relatively quick with a generally short recovery time. Dr. Koch cuts the gum surface minimally to expose the underlying bone and drills a small hole into the bone to place the implant. An abutment is then attached to the implant, and an artificial tooth is attached to the abutment, providing the look and feel of a natural tooth.



As the implant heals, the bone fuses to the titanium implant acting as the root of the tooth and provides a stable tooth replacement.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper home care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime!

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Candidates for dental implants at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry include:

 

  • Those missing one or more teeth
  • Those with adequate bone in their jaw to secure the implant
  • Those with good overall oral health
  • Those without bone growth inhibiting conditions
  • Those who cannot or do not wish to wear dentures
  • Those who wish to improve their smile
Are dental implants painful?

Most patients experience some discomfort following the extraction and placement surgery. However, dental implants are virtually painless once the healing process has completed.

Contact Koch Aesthetic Dentistry for Dental Implants

If you’re ready to improve your smile in a permanent way, dental implants may be the best option. Dr. Koch recommends dental implants for patients experiencing extensive tooth loss, as this option helps to prevent further damage and bone deterioration, helping the patient to maintain their dental health and experience a beautiful smile

 

If you’d like to schedule your smile analysis to learn if dental implants are the right choice for you, contact Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 205-933-0323

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