Implant Treatment Options
Dr. Barrett R. Tolley is a highly trained and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon serving patients in Tallahassee, Marianna and local communities. His practice, Oral and Facial Surgery Center is best known for his dental implant treatment, and he has placed thousands of implants. He uses state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive procedures to make your implant treatment efficient and comfortable. Thanks to modern implant techniques, we are able to help most patients enjoy the benefits implants have to offer.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The placement of a dental implant is a more minor and routine surgical procedure requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. The second part of treatment is undergoing a healing period where the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
Tooth Replacement Options with Dental Implants
Single missing tooth: Individual implant placement
When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the entire tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant replacing one single tooth also avoids the conventional bridge approach and your adjacent teeth will not be affected.
Multiple teeth missing: Implant-supported bridge
Replacing multiple teeth with an implant bridge is a cost-effective solution because many times, one implant can support numerous teeth. There is no need to have an implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won't need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. At OFSC, Dr. Tolley can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
Full mouth restoration: Implant-supported, full-arch fixed-in new teeth in one day with TeethXpress®.
When multiple teeth have a poor prognosis, the best and most cost-efficient choice is to replace all the upper or lower teeth with our TeethXpress Full Arch implant solution. Working with your general dentist and using BioHorizons TeethXpress system, Dr. Tolley is able to provide implant-supported full-arch replacement teeth to patients without the need for bone grafting. This even includes patients with severe bone loss who would not have been candidates for implants in the past. Barrett R. Tolley has undergone training and is a certified TeethXpress provider serving our local communities. We make sure that you receive the best oral surgical care and feel comfortable in your treatment received by our oral surgeon at the OFSC practice. Your new beautiful smile is awaiting you. Give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with any information you need.
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