We offer many dental implant replacement options, which provide long-lasting results that have the same look, feel, and function as natural teeth. Implants can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth, and you take care of them the same way as natural teeth—with regular brushing and flossing. For a dental implant procedure, an implant post is fused with the bone in your jaw. Then, an abutment is added on top of the post and a crown is later added, which is customized to match your teeth color and shape.
Some of our patients have shared their dental implant experiences at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery with us. Please feel free to listen to their stories so that you can feel more comfortable about your own dental implant procedure.
Patients with a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth often have challenges eating the foods they love and smiling and speaking with confidence. In addition, these patients often suffer from the progressive oral health problems that can occur from missing teeth, such as the remaining teeth moving out of alignment, and the onset of jaw bone atrophy, which can cause patients to appear older. Tooth replacement using dental implants can solve these problems and have many other incredible benefits due to their innovative three-part design that emulates the structure of a complete, natural tooth. This design consist of
Implants are total tooth replacements—root and all—and like natural teeth, they are anchored in your jaw for a completely stable restoration that can last a lifetime with proper care. For a tooth replacement solution that looks good, feels good, and is good for your oral health, dental implants are the preferred choice.
Many dental implant patients at our practice find it reassuring to listen to stories from other patients who have undergone dental implant procedures at our practice. We encourage you to check out our Patient Stories page.
Dental implants are true tooth replacements that include the root, crown, and all, so they are lifelike in function as well as appearance. Dental implants also keep your jaw bone healthy and maintain the harmony of your facial structure because they stimulate the bone in your jaw like natural teeth when you chew. Dental implants are also incredibly versatile, with the ability to replace a single tooth or even an entire arch of teeth using a dental implant-based tooth restoration called a full-arch replacement. Unlike other tooth replacement options such as dentures, implant-based tooth replacements will never slip around in your mouth or make clicking sounds when you talk, eat, or laugh. Implants truly are just like healthy natural teeth.
The following are some of the key benefits of dental implants:
During your consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons, Dr. Roden or Dr. Alling, it will be determined if a dental implant or other dental-implant based solution such as a full-arch replacement is the best option for your oral and health and smile.
Dental implant procedures are performed by our oral surgeons in the safety of the state-of-the-art surgical suite at our Birmingham practice with the assistance of a highly skilled surgical team. We are qualified to administer several kinds of in-office anesthesia, including IV sedation and general anesthesia, for your complete comfort. Dr. Roden and Dr. Alling have many years of training and experience placing dental implants with outstanding long-term results. A single implant placement at our practice will take between 30 and 60 minutes. Multiple implants can take from 1 to 3 hours. Since you are receiving personalized care at our practice, the amount of time that your dental implant procedure takes will depend on your specific treatment plan.
The dental implant process at our practice typically goes as follows:
To learn more about the placement of dental implants at our trusted Birmingham practice and to find out if dental implants are the best solution for your condition and oral health goals, feel free to contact us to request a consultation with our oral surgeons. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the restoration of your smile.
The team at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery believes that quality tooth restoration with dental implants should be affordable, and we are dedicated to delivering this care at competitive prices for our area using the highest quality materials available. Each patient’s condition is different, so the cost for your dental implant or implants at our practice will depend on your specific treatment plan.
Some of the factors that will determine your cost include
For an estimation of your costs for dental implants, we recommend that you request a consultation with one of our trusted oral surgeons. During this appointment, our doctors will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that considers every factor of your customized treatment and will make every effort to give you an accurate estimate of your cost. We urge you to beware of bargain dental implants which are not researched for long enough and tend to be of lower quality materials. Dental implant placement requires precision oral surgery performed by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Roden and Dr. Alling are highly trained oral surgeons and use advanced diagnostic tools and surgical techniques for optimal results.
Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from a natural tooth in both form and function and can last a lifetime with good oral care. Restoring a missing or failing tooth with a dental implant will allow you to smile, eat, and laugh with complete confidence, and will also protect the health of your jaw and facial structure just as a natural tooth would. Other tooth restorations like tooth-supported bridges and traditional dentures must be replaced every few years and do not offer the same oral health protection.
Below are some of the many benefits patients enjoy when they choose to invest in dental implant treatment at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery:
Treatment with dental implants offers our patients a permanent, healthy, and lifelike tooth restoration that enhances their daily lives. We invite you to request a consultation with one of our oral surgeons to discuss how dental implants can be a part of your treatment plan for improved oral health and a confident new smile that can last a lifetime.
The team at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery is dedicated to your well-being, comfort, and safety, but to ensure that you have the best oral surgery experience possible, a smooth recovery, and an optimal outcome, it’s important for you to follow our instructions for at-home pre- and post-surgical care carefully. It’s very important to us that you feel well informed and cared for, so if anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.
Receiving a dental implant can take from a few months to more than a year for more complex conditions or multiple implants. When you meet with your surgeon during the consultation appointment, you will receive a treatment plan that includes an estimation of the time it will take to complete your dental implant process. Treatment time will depend on a few factors: your needs, condition, medical and dental history, and the condition of your jaw bone where the implant(s) will be inserted.
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, and by choosing an experienced oral surgeon, not a general dentist, to place your implants, you will minimize complications and ensure that your implants last for many years to come. The years of training oral surgeons undergo to deal with routine and complex surgical issues and techniques allow them to place successful dental implants. A general dentist usually provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth (custom crowns) that will be attached to the surgically placed implants.
Unfortunately, some discomfort will accompany most oral surgeries, but our team is dedicated to your well-being and comfort. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Roden and Alling have many years of hospital-based anesthesia training and offer several types of anesthesia options, including IV sedation. Since our doctors are experts in the precision placement of dental implants that are minimally invasive and require the least amount of downtime, we find that our dental implant patients are often back to their regular routines very quickly.
It is common for patients to suffer bone loss in their jaws when their teeth have been missing for a prolonged amount of time. When this is the case, stable dental implant placement can be challenging. However, with the bone grafting techniques we offer, your surgeon can restore lost bone in the areas where your implant(s) is going to be placed, allowing you to become a good candidate for a successful placement.
Once you’ve been told by your surgeon that you have healed enough to brush and floss around the implant site, you can begin to take care of your new implant the same way you do your natural teeth. Since dental implants are true tooth replacements, root and all, if you keep your mouth healthy and see your dentist regularly, your implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
For your implants to be successful, they must fuse with your jaw bone. This process takes several weeks of healing time. A diet of soft foods while avoiding chewing on the implant site(s) is recommended during this healing phase. Our patients are usually back to their regular routines within a few days after the placement of their implants. You will receive detailed pre- and post-surgical instructions before your treatment begins, and our team is here to help guide you through your recovery so that you have an optimal outcome free of complications.
Once your implant is healed enough, you will receive your custom, permanent crown, but while your jaw is healing, you have some options for a temporary replacement tooth (or teeth). A temporary bridge or a modification of your current denture are two of the options. If you prefer nonremovable teeth during the healing phase of your treatment, you may be able to have a temporary transitional crown placed. You and your oral surgeon will discuss all of your options before your procedure.
When children lose permanent teeth due to an injury or accident, dental implants can be the best long-term solution. We suggest that you come in to meet with Dr. Roden or Dr. Alling as soon as possible after the tooth is lost to discuss options. In many cases, the surgeon will wait until your child’s growth has completed before performing a dental implant procedure, usually around age 18 for girls and age 20 for boys.
If you have any questions or would like to request a consultation at our welcoming practice in Birmingham, Alabama, please contact us. We thank you for the opportunity to care for you.