Dental implants can make a world of difference for those with missing teeth. These artificial “roots” make it possible to smile, speak, and chew as you would with your own natural teeth. Dr. Landon McLain can restore form and function by fitting you with customized dental implants. People travel to Huntsville from as far as Birmingham, AL and southern Tennessee for Dr. McLain’s unique qualifications in both cosmetic and oral/maxillofacial surgery.
What is a Dental Implant?
What Can Dental Implants Do for You?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to injury, disease or deterioration, the effects are both cosmetic and functional. When teeth are missing, it can impact:
- Facial contours, as teeth form a framework for overlying tissues
- Nutrition, due to dietary restrictions caused by a limited ability to chew
- Self-esteem, especially when teeth are missing from the front of the mouth
Dental implants allow Dr. McLain to restore your teeth, giving you back your confidence and your ability to eat and speak normally. They can also help restore the structure of your face and help keep your dental and facial bones healthy.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dr. McLain places the dental implants surgically into your jawbones. He uses titanium implants exclusively. This light, strong metal is ideal for creating the enduring fixture each implant creates in your mouth. The implants essentially become one with the bones, allowing them to function as strong and permanent roots for replacement teeth.
Dental Implants With Dr. McLain
Dr. McLain is uniquely qualified to perform dental implant surgery due to his training in both oral/maxillofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery. Your implants will not only look just like your natural teeth, they will work like your natural teeth.
Dr. McLain installs an implant into your jawbone at the site of each missing tooth. There, the implants slowly fuse with your jawbones over a few months. Once this bond is strong, Dr. McLain connects a tiny post to each implant. These posts extend through the gums to hold your artificial teeth in place. The posts will not be visible once you are fitted with replacement teeth.
When installing dental implants, Dr. McLain often uses a “flapless” technique whenever possible. This allows him to leave the gums intact, ensuring normal blood flow and minimizing discomfort and complications.
For more challenging cases, Dr. McLain uses CT 3-dimensional imaging to gain a better topography of the upper and lower jaws. This allows for optimal placement of the implants for the best possible appearance and function.