Dr. James W. Davis Springfield Periodontics and Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

Restoring the look and feel of your natural teeth
Dental implants are an exciting area of dentistry. Dr. Davis has had extensive training in implantology. Dr. Davis has been placing dental implants since 1987 and has a success rate of 97.5%. They have used implants to help patients replace a single tooth or an entire arch. This is a procedure that is done in partnership with your dentist. Dr. Davis places the implant, frequently at the time of extraction. After a period of time to allow the bone to grow to the implant an abutment is placed. Your dentist would then take impressions and build a crown or arch of teeth on the implant(s).

The American Academy of Periodontology has some excellent information regarding dental implants. Please CLICK HERE for a link to the AAP.

Dr. Davis uses implants from Biomet 3i. You can find also find some helpful information on their web site. Please CLICK HERE for a link to the Biomet 3i website.

Immediate Implant

Immediate Dental Implant

When the implant is placed at the time of tooth extraction it is referred to as an “immediate implant.” The central incisor in this photo with a crown had fractured. The tooth was removed and at the same time, an implant placed. This photo shows the implant and healing cap in place. During the healing period, the patient wore a temporary. After healing, a crown was made to restore the implant and obtain a natural appearance.

Fractured Crown
Fractured Crown

This is another immediate implant restored with a crown. The fractured root was removed and the implant placed at the same time. The goal of treatment is to preserve the gum tissues and bone so that the final restoration looks like a tooth and not a artificial replacement.

Full Arch Support

Full Arch Support

Implants can be used to support a denture-like appliance where there are no remaining teeth. The denture-like appliance snaps over the attachments (that can be seen here) for a secure and comfortable fit. This can eliminate the sliding and shifting that makes chewing uncomfortable and causes sore spots.

Support for a Partial

Support for a Partial
This patient only has 6 lower teeth. One of the teeth that was the support for her partial had fractured and required extraction. The remaining teeth would not have been good supports for a partial. An implant was placed at the time of the extraction. This gold abutment placed snaps to the inner surface of the modified partial and locks it into place. This treatment helped the patient avoid a full lower denture.