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Dental Implants

Tooth loss has a negative impact on your appearance and, more importantly, your oral health.

Dental implants are widely regarded as the most reliable and longest-lasting tooth replacement option.

At Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, our dentists place and restore implants so our patients can achieve healthy smiles.

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Find out why so many patients choose implants over alternative treatment options...

Schedule an Implant Dentistry Consultation

If tooth loss is affecting your health and quality of life, schedule a visit with one of our Flowood, MS, dentists so we can discuss implant treatment options with you in detail. 

We thrive on serving our community. Our team has nearly 100 years of combined experience in dentistry, and our primary goal is to provide patients of all ages with safe, gentle, effective dental treatments. Also, thanks to our complete sedation services, even the most nervous patients are able to remain calm and comfortable under our care.

You can request a consultation by filling out our online form or calling:

(601) 936-2526

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We look forward to welcoming you to our comfortable, relaxing office.

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Mi'Lisa Lansdale

2020

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I was anxious about the dental appointment before I arrived, but once there, the anxiety was replaced with comfort. The entire staff is super-friendly, but Billie was especially sweet! She made me feel relaxed and answered all my questions. The dentist is a hoot too! I loved her instantly. I adore Family Dental Care!  You guys ROCK!

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Mitchell Case

2019

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The staff was very polite and did an awesome job of helping me understand what was needed and talked me thru all the procedures , setting up appts with oral surgeons and helping me remain calm , I was very pleased with my service there!!!

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See How Implants Work

Implants replace lost tooth roots and support dental restorations.

Restorations Supported by Dental Implants

Dental Crowns

If you are missing a single tooth, it can be replaced with one dental implant and a crown. Many patients choose this procedure over a traditional dental bridge because it lasts longer and does not require modification to the adjacent teeth.

About Dental Crowns

Dental Bridges

Those who are missing multiple teeth in a row can replace them with an implant-supported dental bridge. This restoration is similar to a traditional bridge, but it is attached to implants instead of the adjacent teeth.

About Dental Bridges

Dentures

Individuals with traditional dentures often complain that their prosthetic teeth slip and wobble, making eating and speaking difficult. Dental implants eliminate this problem by providing a secure base for full or partial dentures.

About Dentures

All-on-4

Our doctors are happy to offer treatment with the All-on-4® method. Using this approach, our doctors can attach a full denture to only four dental implants. This innovative option requires less healthy bone tissue than traditional implant treatment, making it a more accessible solution for many patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth.

About All-on-4

Dental Implant Candidacy Factors

Missing Teeth

Anyone who has sustained the loss of one tooth or multiple teeth can be considered for dental implants.

Jawbone Strength

Tooth loss results in jawbone atrophy. If your jawbone has weakened substantially since the loss of your teeth, it may not be strong enough to support an implant. Fortunately, we can reverse the effects of bone loss through bone grafting.

Good Overall Health

To qualify, patients must be in good overall health. Individuals with chronic medical issues, such as uncontrolled diabetes, may not be eligible.

Good Oral Health

Candidates should also be in good oral health, free from serious problems like gum disease or extensive decay. These issues can have a negative effect on healing and should be addressed prior to any implant procedure.

Tobacco Use

Smokers should consider kicking the habit for good before implant surgery, as tobacco use seriously hinders healing and increases the likelihood of implant failure.

Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

Thanks to our nearly 100 years of combined experience and our advanced technology, we can offer the best possible restorative dentistry.
Thanks to our nearly 100 years of combined experience and our advanced technology, we can offer the best possible restorative dentistry.

Initial Consultation

Before pursuing dental implants, patients should undergo a comprehensive exam at our Flowood, MS, practice. During this appointment, one of our dentists will evaluate the health of your natural teeth, gums, and jaw joints. We will use digital x-rays and scans to see a complete view of your facial structure and to determine your jawbone density.

Dental Implant Surgery

If our dental team determines you are a good candidate for implants, we will schedule your implant surgery. During this visit, Dr. Danny O'Keefe or Dr. Jan O'Keefe Belote will strategically place the implant in your jawbone. This step can be completed under dental sedation to provide optimal comfort during your procedure.

Healing Period

Once the implant is placed in the jawbone, it must fuse to the bone tissue through a process called "osseointegration." This step takes about four to six months, on average, though it may take longer in some cases. We may be able to provide a temporary restoration for you to wear during this time.

Abutment Placement

After the initial healing period, we will attach a small connector post – called an "abutment" – to the implant. The abutment extends just beyond the gums and provides an anchor for your new crown, bridge, or denture. A second healing period of a few weeks is usually required so the gums can heal around the abutment.

Attachment of Restoration

Once your gums are fully healed, we can attach your final restoration. After this appointment, you will walk out of our office in Flowood, MS, with a natural-looking, functional smile.

Are There Risks?

As with any surgical procedure, dental implant treatment involves a certain degree of risk. Possible complications may include:

  • Nerve pain or discomfort
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Perforation of the maxillary sinus
  • Damage to a neighboring tooth or other surrounding tissues
  • Post-operative infection

Overall, dental implants have impressive success rates of up to 98 percent. The best way to minimize the risk of complications is to choose experienced dentists like those at our practice in Flowood, MS. Thanks to our nearly 100 years of combined experience and our advanced technology, we can offer the best possible restorative dentistry.

Maintaining Your Dental Implants

Fortunately, a dental implant does not require much more care than a natural tooth. Here are a few recommendations from our dentistry team:

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Brush your teeth two to three times a day using a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Clean each tooth surface thoroughly, and remember to focus on the gum line as well. Floss around your implant-supported restorations every day using floss threaders or interproximal brushes.

Keep Regular Appointments

Visit our dentistry practice for routine exams and cleanings. During these appointments, our dentists can assess the health of your dental implants and ensure they are in good condition. Our hygienists can also clean hard-to-reach areas and demonstrate proper hygiene techniques.

Be Proactive

If you suspect there is a problem with a prosthetic tooth or dental implant, do not wait to address the problem. Contact our practice and schedule an appointment. The sooner an issue is addressed, the better. Waiting can allow the problem to worsen, in which case, more advanced procedures may be necessary.

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David Hogg

2020

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One of the best dentist ive eber been too! Very fast, efficient,  and caring! Awesome team!

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Lacey Richards

2019

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Perfessional,  efficient,  caring.  My experience so far has been absolutely wonderful!

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Dr. Danny O'Keefe

Family Dental Care

At Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, Dr. Danny O'Keefe and his experienced team provide patients from throughout the greater Jackson area with superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Our office is equipped with modern dental technology and we offer complete sedation services to enhance patient comfort. Dr. O'Keefe is affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Mississippi Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To schedule an appointment, please fill out our online form or call (601) 936-2526.

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"This office has the most professional dentists and dental staff. They treat you like family every time you're there. I've been a patient for over 15 years and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon." Rita O., Current Patient

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