Dr. Wilson thoroughly examines patients' existing oral condition before recommending dental implants. Dental implants replace the roots of lost teeth and are inserted under the gums. After 3-6 months, the surrounding bone grows around and into the surface of the implant. Once the implant is firmly in place and the overlying gum tissue is strong, it is ready to support a crown or restored tooth. When the process is completed, the "new" teeth are often hard to tell apart from a patient's original teeth. Some cases require bone grafting to aid in the support of a dental implant. Most of the time, it can be determined before implant placement whether a bone graft is necessary. Bone grafting is a safe way to improve the quality of the bone and gums supporting a dental implant. Dr. Wilson has taken extensive training to learn how to actually place dental implants into the bone and gums, as well as restoring implants with crowns. Being able to do both can ensure an excellent final outcome!
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Mini Dental Implants
Dr. Wilson has also been trained in placement of mini dental implants. These mini implants are designed to anchor dentures or partial dentures to prevent excess movement while chewing and speaking. Mini dental implants are placed into the gums and bone and allowed to heal for a period of 3-4 months. After the healing phase of the mini implants, the denture or partial denture can be “clipped” into the implants. Lower dentures no longer “float.” Upper dentures can be shortened to eliminate gagging! Mini implants, because of their inherent design features and size, often eliminates the need for time consuming bone grafting procedures which typically require several more months of healing. Dentures and partials no longer have to be uncomfortable, loose fitting, noisy and difficult to eat with!