Mississippi Periodontics and Implants
Curtis Caskey, DMD
Periodontist located in Ridgeland, MS
Over 3 million Americans choose dental implants every year as their method of choice to tackle damaged or missing teeth. At Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, Curtis Caskey, DMD, offers families comprehensive and cutting-edge dental implant treatment with the use of top-of-the-line equipment. If you want to fill in gaps or replace dental damage with a permanent solution, schedule an appointment with the team today by phone or through the online booking tool.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants involve the surgical placement of titanium posts directly into your jawbone that serves as a buttress for a prosthetic tooth. Dental implants have been a popular treatment since the 1950s.
These prosthetic teeth, otherwise called crowns, help repair any damage to your teeth and protect their roots. Dr. Caskey and periodontists around the world use titanium posts because it has been identified as the material most compatible with the jawbone.
Dental implants are an extremely successful alternative to dentures and bridges as they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. They’re entirely self-sufficient.
When should I get dental implants?
Dr. Caskey chooses dental implants to treat a variety of issues, though you should strongly consider getting dental implants if you experience any of the following:
- Continuous gum swelling
- Unprovoked toothache
- Tooth instability
While these symptoms might be signs of a disease or infection, dental implants can often resolve the pain and discomfort. Dr. Caskey determines whether your jawbone density in the affected area is strong enough to withstand an implant before recommending this procedure.
What should I expect during a dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure should be rather quick, though the state of your overall health and that of the affected area might delay the process. The most important part of a dental implant procedure is the healing period. Dr. Caskey can tell you exactly what to do to promote healing.
Dr. Caskey first starts by removing the damaged tooth or cleaning the gapped area. From there, he can prepare your jawbone for your surgery. If he’s determined that your jawbone is dense enough for an implant, he’ll place the titanium posts directly into the jawline through a minor incision.
If your jawbone density is too low for implants, he might perform a bone grafting procedure where he takes healthy bone from another area of the mouth and grafts it into the treatment site. You’ll need to allow time for your jawbone to assimilate to it before proceeding.
Once your jawline has assimilated the titanium posts, Dr. Caskey places a temporary crown in the treatment area that will stay there until the permanent one is ready, at which point he’ll replace the temporary crown with the permanent one.
What are the side effects of dental implants?
Dental implant procedures pose minimal risk. However, because this is a minor surgical procedure, you might experience any of the following:
- Sinus problems
- Infection of the implant
- Damage to the surrounding area
- Nerve damage
Note that these side effects are very rare.
If you’re looking for a high-quality solution to damaged or missing teeth, look no further. Contact Mississippi Periodontics and Implants today by phone or online to find out more about dental implants.