Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A 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.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, it can provide a doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. We understand how tooth loss can affect self- confidence, ability to eat and may discourage you from smiling.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the area where teeth are missing. They act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants are stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Advanced Minimally Invasive Implant Surgery
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, At Center for Dental Implants & Esthetics we are able to place single stage implants or even immediate implants. In many cases the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth is removed – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. Our experience and specialty training, allows us to extract teeth and place implants at one visit. This procedure is called “immediate extraction implant.”
Once the dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums they begin bonding with the jawbone. After the implant has bonded to the jaw, an abutment and final crown is placed on the implant .
Don’t worry, at no time will you be without a tooth. A temporary tooth or flipper can be made that appears and functions normally. Most patients experience minimal to no disruption in their daily life and are smiling with confidence as they leave the office.
Why choose dental implants over traditional dentures or bridgework?
While traditional dentures and bridgework can help to improve the appearance of missing teeth, many people find them inconvenient, uncomfortable and less natural looking. For many people, dental implants offer clear advantages over traditional dentures or bridgework. In addition to being a more aesthetic choice, dental implants also feel and function more like your natural teeth. What’s more, with dental implants, there’s no need to sacrifice healthy adjacent teeth to provide support for bridgework.
Advantages Of Dental Implants:
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Fit securely
- Healthy adjoining teeth are preserved
- Allow you to eat virtually any food
- Convenient – no special care needed
- Can help prevent bone deterioration and gum erosion
- Can help preserve facial structure
- Look less natural, may be uncomfortable
- May shift and click during eating and talking
- Often uncomfortable
- Adjoining teeth may be damaged from supporting bridgework
- Chewy foods may cause dentures to become loose
- Denture pastes and powders required
What type of dental implant surgery is best for me?
The specific type of dental implant surgery that will be best for you will depend on many factors, including the number and location of missing teeth, whether any tooth extraction is required, the condition of your jawbone, and your overall health. We carefully assess your individual situation and recommend a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you. We will also help you with any tooth extraction or bone grafting required, as well as placement of the implants. Your regular restorative dentist or the team at the center will work with you to make and then fit your replacement teeth.
How many dental implants will I need?
The number of dental implants needed will depend on the location and number of missing teeth, as well as the type of prosthesis (replacement teeth) chosen.
- Number of Missing Teeth
- Single tooth
- Two or more teeth
- All teeth in upper or lower jaw
- Type of Prosthesis
- Single crown
- Partial prosthesis (fixed bridge)
- Complete prosthesis (removable or fixed bridge)
- Number of Dental Implants
- One dental implant
- Usually, 2 – 3 dental implants
- Number of implants will vary, depending on what type of bridge is used
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
In our office, patients have two anesthesia options for their procedure:
- Local anesthesia
- IV sedation
- Patients desiring General Anesthetic are treated in hospital set ups.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
- Once the implants are in place and with proper care, they will serve you well for many years. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dentist.
What is the overall success rate for dental implants?
Despite decades of clinical and scientific research, dental implants do not have a 100% success rate. However, the success rates have improved dramatically since the introduction of dental implant surgery and the dental profession can proudly report success rates well above 95% for most implant patients. Similarly, long-term success rates are in the high 90% range and are likewise improving. When a dental implant has not successfully integrated, it may need to be removed, as it cannot easily be “converted” to osseointegrate. A replacement implant can be placed but it may require some months of healing time and possibly bone augmentation (repair by means of grafting). Likewise, if a previously placed implant has lost significant amounts of supporting bone, there are currently no treatments that can predictably restore the lost bone after it has been in function in the mouth.
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