Dental Implants Specialist

John D. Aiken, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Inverness Smiles

John D. Aiken, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Birmingham, AL

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer a permanent replacement option. John Aiken, DMD, and the team at Inverness Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama, offers beautiful dental implants and can help you feel great about your smile. If you have questions about dental implants and the attached restoration, schedule a one-on-one consultation today. Online booking is an option, or you are always welcome to call the office to check appointment availability.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent replacement option for one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which simply rest on your gums, implants are anchored directly into your bone tissue. 

Once in place, dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth. They are also virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and will help you feel great about your smile. 

Why replace missing teeth?

Most people only think about the aesthetic issues of missing teeth, but there are also serious dental health issues to consider. Each of your teeth are anchored into your bone tissue. When you bite down, the force of your bite stimulates that tissue, keeping it healthy and strong. 

When one or more teeth are lost, the underlying bone loses that stimulation. It can begin to wear away in a process called bone resorption. This can weaken the connection with your remaining teeth, leading to even more tooth loss. 

Missing teeth also impact your bite and speech. You might find yourself avoiding certain foods because they are difficult to chew, which can impact your overall nutrition. 

What happens if the crown portion of my implant is damaged?

Your dental implant has three parts. The implant itself is a post that anchors into your bone tissue. The visible portion of the implant is a crown or another restoration such as a bridge or denture. A small piece called an abutment secures the crown to the implant. 

While crowns and restorations are very durable, it’s possible for them to become damaged. This can happen due to traumatic injury, or if you bite down on something hard. If your crown or restoration breaks, chips, or cracks, Dr. Aiken can replace it. Inverness Smiles doesn’t perform the implant procedure, but the team handles all the other steps outside of the surgery. 

Inverness Smiles offers in-house CERECⓇ technology that can create your custom crowns while you wait. This means no wasted time waiting for your restoration to arrive from an external lab. Once your crown is ready, Dr. Aiken secures it to the abutment, and you’ll walk out with a restored smile.

Learn more about dental implants during a consultation. You can book an appointment online or over the phone, so make today the day you move one step closer to a renewed smile.