Shipp Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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The entire team at Shipp Family Dentistry believes in making sure your time with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We strive to provide every member of your family with an atmosphere where they are comfortable asking questions and learning about taking care of their oral health.

We firmly believe that good oral health is important for the well-being of the entire body. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Columbus, MS dentist, Dr. Patrick Shipp, enjoys educating his patients and talking about how they can best take care of their oral health. We never want you to feel rushed; instead, we want to make sure your questions are answered so you fully understand why specific treatments might be recommended.

Some of the questions you have may already have been asked by other patients. We’ve compiled a list of those questions here, for your convenience. If you have questions that are not answered here, we invite you to give us a call or bring them to your appointment. Don’t worry about your question sounding silly; the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the healthiest, most stable tooth replacement available today. However, getting an implant isn’t quite as simple as walking into our Columbus, MS dentist office and walking out with a new tooth!

How Long Does The Dental Implant Process Take?

The process of getting a dental implant—from start to finish—usually takes anywhere from six to eight months.

First, the implant is placed surgically in your jawbone in a procedure that takes about an hour. The next step is the healing process, which requires your patience. During this time, your dental implant is fusing with bone and tissue that surround it and gaining the strength needed to support an artificial tooth. After healing is complete, the implant acts as an artificial tooth root, and when it is restored with a dental crown or denture, it mimics the form, function, and appearance of a natural tooth.

If you need a tooth extracted, it’s possible in some cases to place a dental implant the same day. However, most patients at Shipp Family Dentistry will need to wait three to four months for the extraction site to heal before we can place the dental implant.

Contact Shipp Family Dentistry to Schedule a Consultation

You probably have lots of questions about dental implants in Columbus, MS, and our dentist would be happy to answer them. Please call us at (662) 329-3431 to book a consultation with Dr. Shipp!

If you have missing teeth, you never had more excellent options for replacing them. Dental bridges and full and partial dentures are popular, but the best tooth replacement is dental implants because they are the option that best supports your oral health.

How are Dental Implants different than Dentures?

Dental implants in Columbus, MS are different from bridges and dentures because they sit in your jaw, not on your jaw. A dental implant is designed to be an artificial replacement for the lost tooth root. It is a very small post that looks like a tiny screw and is positioned surgically in your jaw. The threads of the implant provide more surface area so that as the implant heals in your jaw, surrounding bone and tissue fuse to it securely.

Once the implant heals over several months, it acts just as your natural tooth root did. This is what makes dental implants unique because your dentist in Columbus, MS can then attach to the root a functioning restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture.

Your new tooth will look natural, and you’ll be able to chew all your favorite foods comfortably again. Also, a dental implant provides stimulation for the bone in your jaw so that it naturally regenerates itself and prevents the collapse of facial features that’s common with tooth loss.

Call Shipp Family Dentistry to Schedule!

If you have missing teeth, call our Columbus, MS dental office to learn more about dental implants and how they can change your life.

A dental implant is a cylindrical titanium post that is positioned surgically in your jawbone. Because titanium is readily accepted by the body, as the implant post heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue that surround it. This process is called osseointegration, and it's during this time that your implant gains its strength and stability.

Dental Bridges vs. Implants

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that fills a space that can replace one, two, or sometimes three to four teeth. The bridge places an artificial tooth in the open space and attaches to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. The drawback of using bridges is that they require us to alter healthy teeth to accommodate the dental crowns.

After the implant heals, it acts just as your natural tooth root did and helps minimize bone loss that commonly occurs after you lose a tooth. A dental bridge that sits on top of your gums completes your smile but does nothing to prevent the bone loss that can ultimately lead to additional tooth loss.

Contact Our Columbus, MS Dentist Office to Schedule!

There are still plenty of cases where a dental bridge would be an excellent choice, but dental implants offer so many benefits that they have become the tooth replacement of choice. If you’re thinking about tooth replacement and want to learn more about dental implants in Columbus, MS, please call Shipp Family Dentistry today at (662) 329-3431!

Implants are a surgery that requires special training and high quality equipment to perform these procedures. 


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