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Dental Implants

Missing one tooth or many teeth can significantly impact your self-confidence, dental health, and even your ability to eat and speak.

At Holley Dental Group in Prattville, AL, we place and restore dental implants to fully rebuild compromised smiles.

Find out how Drs. Matthew D. Holley and Graham Mullins transform smiles around the Montgomery area using dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants work with other components to completely replace teeth from the roots to the chewing surface:

Implants — It is a common misconception that "dental implant" refers to an entire replacement tooth. The implant itself is a small post made of durable titanium that is embedded in the jawbone to replace the tooth root. 

Abutments — An abutment is a metal component that securely connects an implant to a restoration.

Restorations — Restorations are crowns, bridges, or dentures. They connect to the abutment to achieve a complete replacement for a missing tooth.

We use this restorative solution to provide our Montgomery-area patients with complete, functional smiles that look indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Parts of a dental Implant

Multiple Options  to Meet a Range of Needs

Dental implants are a versatile restorative treatment. They can be used to help patients with many different degrees of tooth loss.
Single tooth dental implant

Single tooth replacement

Patients with a single missing tooth can choose this treatment to improve dental appearance, function, and jawbone strength. It consists of an implant, abutment, and a dental crown.

Implant-supported bridge

Implant-supported bridges

Dental implant-supported bridges are used to replace multiple consecutive teeth. This restorative solution usually requires two implants to support the dental bridge.

Implant-supported denture

Implant-supported dentures

An implant-supported denture is an excellent choice for patients missing most or all of their teeth, or those who are looking for a reliable alternative to traditional dentures. 

Why Choose Implant Dentures Over Traditional Dentures?

While traditional dentures are an option for missing teeth, they have many downsides compared to implant-supported dentures. Dental implants eliminate issues with instability, discomfort, and compromised chewing ability. Our Prattville practice is proud to offer this advanced form of restorative dental care to patients throughout Greater Montgomery. Here are some of the reasons our dentists may recommend making the switch from traditional dentures to dental implant-supported dentures:

Comfort and function

Those who use dentures know that they can be awkward, uncomfortable, and prone to slippage. Attaching your dentures directly to your jaw with dental implants achieves a strong, stable set of teeth, allowing you to speak clearly and to eat and drink whatever you want, whenever you want. Meanwhile, you can expect to need far fewer adjustments to implant dentures because the implants provide stimulation that halts the bone atrophy that normally follows tooth loss.

Easy maintenance

Traditional dentures require regular removal for cleaning, which can be a hassle and increase the risk of damaging your dentures. With dental implant-supported dentures, maintenance is no different from caring for natural teeth: just brush twice daily and floss at least once.

A lasting solution

Dentures do not last forever, but dental implants can last the rest of your life with proper care. Once you receive dental implants, they will remain in place and ready to support each successive set of dentures you require.

On the Cutting Edge of Dentistry

At Holley Dental Group, we use the most advanced dentistry techniques and technologies to provide truly modern dental care to our patients in the Montgomery area.

Our guided implant placement software allows us to develop fully individualized treatment plans and achieve the right position, angle, and depth of each individual dental implant for optimized results. To learn more about how we can use our state-of-the-art technology to make your smile look, feel, and function in a way that boosts your quality of life, contact us online or call us at:

(334) 358-4848

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"Gentle hands, great work." Read Why Prattville Trusts Us

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Jeff Thompson

2021

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Just had my first major work done (for me anyway) I had an implant installed. Dr. Holley and team are awesome with the way that they work together and bed side manner as well! Implant was not as big an ordeal as I went in to it thinking and Dr. Holley worked diligently and got the implant installed without an issue! It is nice to go to a dentist that can take care of all your dental needs in one place!

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Daphne Harris

2021

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I had a very good experience here. I came in as an emergency patient in so much pain and they treated me like a previous patient. From the 1st initial phone call, to the front desk greeting, to Chelsea and Dr. Mullins, everyone was great, and the staff was very nurturing and caring. My husband was so impressed he said we are changing to this place.  So Holley Dental I hope you have room for two more.

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Factors That Can Affect Your Candidacy

You may not be an immediate candidate for dental implants if these health and lifestyle factors apply to you:

Smoking

Smoking can negatively affect your overall dental health and ability to heal efficiently after receiving dental implants. To minimize the risk of implant failure, we advise candidates to quit smoking or using other tobacco products a few months before implant placement surgery. 

Periodontitis (gum disease)

Your gums must be in a healthy condition to support your new dental implants. If you are suffering from gum disease, we offer several periodontal treatments to restore your gum health and prepare your gum tissue for implants.

Insufficient jawbone density

If you have been missing a tooth for an extended period of time, it may have caused your jawbone to deteriorate to the point where it cannot support a dental implant. We can perform preparatory bone grafts and sinus lifts at our Prattville, AL, office to safely restore the area before your implant procedure.

Other health concerns

Some preexisting conditions can affect your body's ability to heal after surgery. If you have diabetes or another autoimmune disease, be sure to tell your Prattville dentist during your consultation. Many patients with controlled diabetes are candidates for dental implants.

The Path to Dental Implants

Take a look at how our Prattville practice serving Greater Montgomery places and restores dental implants:

Consultation

During an initial consultation, your dentist will assess your dental health and need for implants, measure the density of your jawbone, and determine what type of dental implant procedure may be right for you. 

Preparation

Some patients require preparatory work such as tooth extraction, bone grafting, or periodontal treatment before we are able to proceed with implant placement. We will factor a healing period into your treatment timeline to ensure that your mouth is at its healthiest before receiving implants.

Implant placement

Your dentist will numb the treatment area to ensure your comfort during the procedure. We offer sedation as an option for patients who are especially anxious about their treatment or have difficulty sitting for long periods of time. Small incisions will be made along your gums to allow access to the points in your jaw where we will place the titanium implants. Once the implants are secure, the incisions will be closed.

Healing period

The initial healing period typically takes between three to six months to allow for osseointegration, or the fusion of the implants with your jawbone. We can provide you with a temporary restorative piece to wear during the healing process.

Abutment placement

During a second minor surgery, abutments will be attached to the implants to provide connection between the implants and your restorations.

Second healing period

It takes around two weeks for the gums to fully heal after abutment placement.

Restoration placement

Your dentist will securely attach the restoration to the abutments to achieve a comfortable, stable fit. After a final check to make sure the implant, abutment, and restoration as a whole looks and feels fantastic, you can begin enjoying life with your new implants.

Providing the Finest Dental Care to the Montgomery Area

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Steve Barker

2021

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Again folks at Holley Dental were great.  Friendly and professional staff.  Good experience doing a great job with my implant.

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Hidi Brooks

2021

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The staff is so friendly and professional. They always make me feel very comfortable. They take the time to explain everything. I love that!!! Dr. Holley is awesome!!!! Gentle hands, great work. I highly recommend this dentist!

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Doctors Matthew D. Holley and Graham Mullins

Holley Dental Group

Drs. Matthew D. Holley and Graham Mullins treat patients of all ages in Prattville, AL. Both of our dentists are members of the American Dental Association. Our patients recommend us for:

You can request an appointment by contacting us online or by calling us at (334) 358-4848.

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