Dental Implants & Implant Restorations
Did you know that nearly half of the adults living in the United States have missing teeth?
We understand first hand the private pain and embarrassment you feel if you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth. As a solution to missing teeth, we can use dental implants to provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular options, providing numerous benefits over more traditional tooth replacement options. At Woodyard Dental Care, PSC, we work with a surgical specialist who will place the implant post, and then we will create and place custom crowns for your final restoration.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a fairly new addition to the options available for tooth replacement, but they yield a 96% success rate and are highly recommended as a tooth replacement option. They consist of small titanium rods, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone, and may be used in a variety of ways to replace missing teeth. This can include single tooth
replacement, serving as an anchor for partials
to resist movement, or even restoring the entire set of teeth
. One option that we are very excited about is an option for patients who currently have traditional dentures or are faced with losing all of their teeth. It consists of replacing your missing teeth using a dental implant bridge
that is fixed and permanent, with a full arch of natural-looking replacement teeth supported by dental implants. We will work with you at each step of the way, ensure that you understand all of your options, and together decide the best course of action for your unique situation.
Questions about dental implants? Call us at (270) 408-1321 today!
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
||Restoring your abilities to eat and speak.
||Giving you back a beautiful, confident smile.
||The restorations are brushed and flossed, just like your natural teeth.
||The restorations are supported by the implants, rather than your teeth or gums.
||Dental Implants are the only tooth replacement option that can stop the bone loss that follows tooth loss, maintaining the strength and integrity of your jaw.
Are Dental Implants Really Worth it?
Sometimes, our patients will ask us if dental implants are really worth it. It's a fair question, but we know that you've love your replacement teeth once you have them. Take a look at the before and after below from a patient who decided to get dental implants and see for yourself the difference it made for them. Just think—that could be what your smile looks like! Also look through our other smile makeovers
, and see how we have transformed the lives of many of our patients.
Before Dental Implants
Before dental implants, this Paducah dental patient from a deteriorated smile with missing teeth. After Dental Implants
After dental implants, this Paducah dental patient's smile is bright and beautiful.
What if I Don't Replace my Missing Teeth?
The teeth have many functions. They are responsible for biting and chewing, which is the very first stage in the digestive process. They control the flow of air when you speak, enabling you to communicate effectively. They are essential for maintaining a healthy jaw, as without teeth the jawbone would deteriorate. The teeth are also a major component in a beautiful smile. Tooth loss affects every last one of these functions and your overall quality of life. Replacing missing teeth is necessary for restoring the functions of your mouth
and your oral health. After you have replaced any missing teeth with dental implants, your mouth will look and function as if you never lost any teeth to begin with.
What is the Dental Implant Placement Process?Small holes are drilled into the jaw, and the implants are placed inside. The gums are then sutured closed around them. The implants rely on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of your jawbone to the implants. When osseointegration is successful, the implants become stable roots that are then used to support your new crowns.
After you have healed from dental implant surgery, Dr. Jonathan Woodyard
is responsible for the placement of your ceramic crowns.
Why is the Implant Placed by a Specialist?
We do not place the implants. Instead, we work with a highly-skilled implant specialist who performs the implant surgery
. This is a key advantage to our dental patients, as Dr. Jonathan Woodyard can work closely with the specialist to ensure that our patients get the absolute best care possible. Oral surgery is a complex science, and only high-trained oral surgeons with extra training should be trusted to place your dental implants. Once your jaw has healed after surgery, Woodyard Dental Care, PSC will take care of creating and placing the ceramic crowns that replace the visible sections of your missing teeth.
How is the Dental Implant Restoration Created?
We begin by taking a digital impression of your mouth, using the Trios 3Shape scanner
. This scanner sends the impression to a computer, where we can design your new crowns in 3D. Our Trios 3Shape scanner is the only one to scan in true color. This unique feature allows us to look at the angles of all opposing or adjacent teeth, if you have any remaining, to provide a perfect color match.
Questions about dental implants? Call us at (270) 408-1321 today!
After we have finished designing your new crowns, the information is then sent to our in-house milling machine, the Planmill Plan Mecha. Your crowns are milled from ceramic blocks. Once finished in the machine, we trim the block, add a glaze, and fire your new crowns in the oven. Other offices need to send your impressions to a dental lab, meaning that it can take several weeks before your new crowns are ready. At Woodyard Dental Care, PSC, we can have your custom crowns ready for placement in only 2 to 4 days.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
of dental implants ranges significantly, depending on what you need. Sometimes, only a single dental implant is necessary, and the cost is minimal. Other times, a full replacement of all teeth is needed. We specialize in affordable, durable, natural-looking tooth replacement solutions for our patients, and we will help you find a solution that fits your budget. The best way to determine any potential costs is to visit us for a dental implant consultation, where we can evaluate your specific situation, and create a plan that is custom-tailored to your unique needs.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants and live life to the fullest again? With dental implants, not only are the basic functions of your mouth restored, but so is your smile and quality of life! Call us today at (270) 408-1321 for more information or to schedule your appointment.