Implant Imaging, Restorations, & Dentures in Ocean Springs

3D Imaging & Surgical Implants

Dentists - Family Dentist in Ocean Spring, MS
In order to provide the best dental care possible, Timmons Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ocean Springs, MS has invested in the latest technology in dental diagnostics, the Sirona GALILEOS 3D Dental Cone Beam CT Imaging System. Our office is one of the first in the state to offer this cutting-edge technology!

Cone beam imaging goes beyond traditional X-rays by producing 3D imagery that is a virtual mirror image of our patients, using the lowest radiation possible.
With GALILEOS, a single scan provides a complete and comprehensive image of the jaw during your visit, and immediate diagnosis and treatment planning is usually possible during a single visit. The advanced imagery enables diagnosis of problems that are undetectable by conventional imaging techniques, which allows for more precise treatment plans.

In addition, we now offer surgical implants using the GALILEOS implant software. The 3D guided implant surgery significantly reduces the margin for error compared to traditional implant technology.

Benefits of Sirona Galileos 3D Imaging:

  • Lowest radiation possible
  • Comfortable scan of the mouth, face, and jaw
  • Immediate diagnosis and treatment planning in one visit
  • Increased accuracy in diagnosis of existing problems
  • Precise implant surgery offered in-house
  • Easy sharing of images with referring doctors

Implant Restorations

Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set/heal. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantage over bridge work as it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support. Should the tooth/teeth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.

Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And finally, the patient does not have to remove the partial in and out from the mouth.

We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants are used, mainly, to stabilize lower dentures (lower dentures can become difficult to retain due to bone loss, over time, and a lack of suction you get with upper dentures). In this scenario, implants can be placed in one appointment and be utilized immediately.

Implant Dentures

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry. There are several types. The most widely accepted and successful is the osseointegrated implant, based on the discovery by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, that titanium could be successfully incorporated into bone when osteoblasts grow on and into the rough surface of the implanted titanium. This forms a structural and functional connection between the living bone and the implant. Implant dentures are an excellent option for those with substantial bones loss.
Contact us today for more information on our state-of-the-art dental implants!