Do you have missing teeth? Have you been told your teeth are hopeless and think dentures are your only option?
Dental implants are the modern solution for missing teeth, providing the most lifelike tooth replacement and supporting long-term dental health. Columbia dentist Dr. Thomas Trinkner has been successfully utilizing dental implants to restore his patient’s smiles for nearly 30 years. Treatment planning is the most critical component of Dr. Trinkner’s approach. To give his patients the highest level of care, Dr. Trinkner collaborates with a select team of specialists in Columbia, South Carolina for the surgical placement of all types of dental implants. The dental laboratories that Dr. Trinkner works with are on the leading edge of implant dentistry, utilizing the most advanced software for developing and testing dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or to secure a dental bridge or denture if several or all teeth are missing. The dental implant consists of three main parts. A dental implant replaces both the missing tooth and the lost tooth root. The titanium post that is inserted into the jaw helps to maintain and stimulate healthy bone tissue, reducing jaw shrinkage and changes in the fit of the bite.
Dental Implant Solutions in Columbia, SC
The first step in our process is a comprehensive examination and consultation with Dr. Trinkner. He will thoroughly evaluate the condition and function of your entire occlusal system to determine if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Trinkner will create a personalized treatment plan, coordinating with multiple specialists as needed, including an oral surgeon or periodontist who will place the implant and dental lab technicians who will create the dental crown or custom appliance.
- Single Tooth Implants: for a single missing tooth, a dental implant can be placed to restore natural function and aesthetics.
- Implant Supported Bridge: when one or more consecutive teeth are missing, an implant-supported dental bridge can provide the most stable restoration without needing to degrade existing healthy teeth to support an appliance.
- Implant Dentures: also known as All On Four®, an implant supported denture means that your new smile will stay put- no slippage, no daily adhesives and a natural looking new smile.
About the Dental Implant Procedure
The process for dental implants can take two to three visits to complete, depending on the type of implants you are receiving. The first visit will involve the surgical placement of the implant by a local oral surgeon or periodontist. In most cases, you will visit Dr. Trinkner’s Columbia, SC dental office that same day for temporaries which will remain in place as the dental implant heals and fuses to the bone. The healing process takes between three and six months.
Once the integration of the dental implant is complete, you will return to Dr. Trinkner’s office for the final restoration. In the case of a single missing tooth, Dr. Trinkner will usually use a dental crown. For multiple missing teeth, Dr. Trinkner may restore the implant with a dental bridge or partial denture. If you are missing all of your teeth, a denture can be secured to the implants to restore beauty and function to the smile.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, you have several options. Contact our Columbia, SC dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Trinkner and find out if dental implants are right for you.
Call 803.400.8729 or schedule a visit online.