Dental Implants with Arkansas Oral Surgeon Scott L. Bolding DDS, MS

Randy Alvarez interviews Arkansas Oral Surgeon Scott L. Bolding, DMD, MS about dental implants.

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure – A Team Effort
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. Implants are placed within your jawbone and attach abutments (small posts) to act as anchors for the replacement teeth. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time and recommend a minimum of six weeks healing time before the replacement teeth are placed. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with temporary crowns in one day. This procedure is called “immediate loading”.

Implants are a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. The Oral & Facial Surgery Centerdoctors performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting, if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent tooth replacement. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Come doctors perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

About Dr. Scotty L. Bolding
A native of Arkansas, Dr. Bolding began his educational training at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned his B.S. in 1985. He then attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, where he earned his D.D.S. in 1989. He earned his Postdoctoral Masters in Craniofacial Biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1992; followed by his Oral-Maxillofacial Certification in 1993. A former Board Examiner and current diplomate of the Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Bolding and his wife, Dr. Taruna Bolding, live in Fayetteville and are the proud parents of Krystalyn, Deven, Ryan and Neal; and proud grandparents to Clara and Arden.

Dr. Bolding is a nationally recognized leader and sought after speaker in the area of orthognathic surgery (jaw reconstruction), temporomandibular joint surgery (TMJ or Jaw Joint), and dental implants. He has numerous publications and has dedicated his career to advancing the art and science of dentistry.

Additionally, Dr. Bolding has been recognized as a national healthcare business leader. He has consulted with hospitals, industry leaders, physicians, dentists, and patients for over 15 years on various ways to deliver better business processes and efficiencies to improve the delivery of quality healthcare to the patient. His passion for quality healthcare has been recognized by many leaders, and allowed him to be a frequent guest speaker on the value of improved business systems and technology in the healthcare industry.

He enjoys spending time with his family, flying, traveling, boating and golfing.



Contact Dr. Scotty L. Bolding
2926 West Huntsville Avenue, Springdale, AR 72762
(479) 582-3000
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