Dental implants are permanent structures secured to a patient’s jawbone with a small titanium post that is surgically implanted. As the bone heals around the implanted post, it becomes a “natural” part of the occlusal system. A cosmetically matched, natural looking dental crown is placed on top of the post, providing the patient with a “new tooth” that looks and feels almost exactly like their natural tooth. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings, dental implants will last for up to 20 years! Patients who are committed to follow up care and regular dental visits with Dr. Trinkner will see the best results in the long run.
Dr. Tom Trinkner, DDS, has extensive post graduate training and over 25 years of experience helping patients who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth. Dr. Trinkner offers his Columbia area patients several cosmetic and restorative options to replace a missing tooth, but dental implants remain the “gold standard” for patients who want a comfortable, natural looking and long lasting result.
Dr. Trinkner will take time to perform a thorough evaluation of a patient’s oral health to determine if they are a candidate for a dental implant. Patients need to have healthy gums and there needs to be enough bone to support the implantation of the post.
The entire dental implant process takes 3 to 6 months to complete, depending on the amount of time needed for the implanted post to heal completely within the bone. Dr. Trinkner will coordinate all phases of treatment for his Columbia area patients, referring patients to a local oral surgeon or periodontist for the surgical implantation of the post. Dr. Trinkner will follow up with patients after the surgical phase and provide a temporary crown or bridge while the bone is healing, often the day of the surgery. The final restoration, or attachment of the crown, will be done by Dr. Trinkner.
If you have suffered the loss of a tooth or want to discuss your options for securing dentures or a dental bridge with dental implants, contact Dr. Trinkner in Columbia to schedule a consultation.