Dental Implants

Mature-couple-smiling-with-arms-holding-each-otherIf you currently have bridgework or missing teeth, dental implants may be a better solution for you. Dental implants offer

  • Improved appearance – they look and feel like your own teeth
  • Improved stability – implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth
  • Improved speech – no slipping of dentures to bridgework
  • Improved comfort – no rubbing, no slipping and no discomfort while eating
  • Improved self-esteem – your smile is your own again
  • Improved oral health – brushing is easy and neighbor teeth are not compromised

Restoration with dental implants is accomplished in several steps. First you will have a consultation with Dr. Hawkins to discuss the process and your specific oral health condition. Dr. Hawkins will answer all your questions and, if implants are right for you, develop a treatment plan and timeline. While each patient’s implant treatment is unique, there are general guidelines that are important to keep in mind.

Discover if implants are right for you

Based on your current oral health, Dr. Hawkins will determine if you are a candidate for the implant procedure. If not, he will develop a treatment program specific to your needs.

It is a process

Dr. Hawkins will coordinate your implant procedure with an oral surgeon who will place the implant fixture in the bone socket of the missing tooth.  The bone actually grows around the implant, holding it in place – a process called osseointegration. A temporary tooth will be put in place while osseointegration occurs, generally two to four months.

When the implant fixture is fully integrated, Dr. Hawkins will place an abutment, or stem, on the implant fixture. The final tooth replacement piece, a customized crown, is attached to the abutment. Your new tooth is in place!

While implant restoration does not give overnight results, the results are remarkable and should last a lifetime.