Newport Center Smile Design
K. Douglas Barker, D.M.D.
Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Newport Beach, CA
If you are missing teeth, dental implants offer a safe, effective, and modern method for replacing them. K. Douglas Barker, DMD, is experienced in providing dental implants at Newport Center Smile Design. To learn more about dental implants, schedule a visit at the state-of-the-art clinic in Newport Beach, California, by calling the office or booking online.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots placed in your jawbone. They’re typically made from titanium, which is the same material used to replace hips and knees because it pairs well with human bone. In fact, as you heal from your procedure, the dental implants fuse with your bone tissue, providing a sturdy and secure foundation.
Once your implant has fused to your jaw, Dr. Barker can fit it with a crown to fully replace your missing tooth. Implants are versatile, and if you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, Dr. Barker can usually replace them all with a single implant by simply fitting the implant with a dental bridge. He can even replace an entire dental arch with a system called All-on-4® implants.
Newport Center Smile Design uses implants from Neodent®, a Straumann Group Brand, which are one of the most trusted providers in dentistry.
Are dental implants better than a traditional bridge or dentures?
As a newer technology, dental implants have a few advantages over traditional bridges and dentures.
Whereas the artificial teeth in bridges and dentures rest on top of your gums, dental implants connect directly to your jawbone. This makes them look better, feel more natural, and function more effectively, all of which enable you to smile with more confidence.
Dental implants also don’t rely on any of your existing teeth for support, so you won’t have to compromise the health of your natural teeth to get dental implants.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants function best for patients who are non-smokers with good oral health. It’s important that you have healthy gums, as well. If you have gum disease, Dr. Barker might suggest addressing it before moving forward with your dental implants.
You also need to have a healthy amount of bone tissue in your jaw for your implants to function properly. If you’re lacking in bone tissue, Dr. Barker might recommend a bone graft.
What dental implant services do you offer?
Newport Center Smile Design offers a wide array of dental implant services, including:
- Sinus lift augmentation
- Autogenous bone grafting
- Implant site development
- Computer-enhanced treatment planning
- Implant maintenance
When you get dental implants at Newport Center Smile Design, you can be sure that Dr. Barker is using the best technology and is taking care to make your implants successful and long-lasting.
Schedule your dental implant consultation by calling the office or booking a visit online today.