Amity Gentle Dental

Dental Implants

Implants Can Restore Your Health and Confidence after Tooth Loss

Dental implants are recognized as the best option available to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Dr. Chester V. Clark, Jr. performs all stages of treatment at our Amity, AR, office, from placement to restoration. As a faith-based practice committed to implementing holistic dentistry techniquesAmity Gentle Dental uses only the highest quality  biocompatible materials. Dr. Clark prefers Bicon® implants, which can help our patients avoid the need for invasive preparatory procedures and also facilitate greater bone regeneration. We offer both traditional and mini implants to meet the varied needs of our patients, and offer financing to cover out-of-pocket costs. 

Introduction to Bicon SHORT® Implants

Dr. Clark offers multiple bridge options. During your consultation at our dental practice, Dr. Clark will describe each option while recommending the right restorative treatment to meet your oral health needs and budget.

  • Cantilever bridge: Patients who have a healthy tooth on one side of their gap can benefit from a cantilever bridge. This type of bridge uses a prepared tooth to support the bridge. This type of prosthetic is not recommended for molars.
  • Maryland bonded bridge: This resin-bonded bridge can be made from multiple materials and bonds to existing teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridge: An implant-retained bridge attaches directly to the jawbone through the use of dental implants. This bridge option requires oral surgery to place the implant posts in the jawbone.
  • Prettau® Zirconia bridge: Zirconia is an extremely strong and durable material. Patients who wish to have a long-lasting prosthetic that can endure many years of wear can benefit from a zirconia bridge.

Many forms of dental insurance cover part of the cost of a dental bridge. The total cost of a dental bridge begins at $1,000 or more and can reach several thousand dollars. 

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts which are surgically embedded in the jaw to replace tooth roots. During a process known as osseointegration, the metal fuses with the surrounding bone to offer an incredibly stable foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Unlike traditional dental prosthetics, implant-supported restorations can stop the bone loss that occurs after teeth are lost.

Dental implant illustration

More Conservative Treatment

Patients who require an implant in the upper jaw often require a sinus lift. This preparatory procedure can extend treatment time by several months and increase total treatment cost. Because Bicon implants are shorter, patients often have sufficient room in the jaw without the need for additional surgery.

Reduced Risk of Infection

Unlike other implants that require screws to attach the abutment to the implant, Bicon uses a one-piece integrated abutment crown with a friction-grip attachment to the implant.  This minimizes the risk of infection and often allows new bone growth around the top of the implant. 

The Treatment Process

During your initial consultation, Dr. Clark will discuss your treatment goals and evaluate your oral and general health. If he determines you are a good candidate, you can view diagrams and pictures to gain a better visual understanding of the procedure. 

Preparatory Procedures

In some cases, additional procedures will be necessary to prepare the treatment area. Dr. Clark can often perform bone grafts in our office, which are used to replace any recessed bone tissue in the jaw. When patients require an extraction immediately followed by implant placement, or choose to receive All-on-4® dental implants, he may coordinate care with a trusted oral surgeon. 

Restore Your Health and Appearance

At Amity Gentle Dental, we have taken pride in enhancing patients’ smiles since 1977. Our Christian practice continues to serve the community using only techniques and materials that will benefit your health for years to come. Our bilingual staff provides assistance to both English and Spanish-speaking patients. To learn more about whether implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Clark by contacting us online or calling (870) 474-9883.

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