Dental Implants are quite possibly the greatest dental innovation of our generation.
While there are several options for replacing missing teeth, Dental Implants are almost always the ideal treatment option due to their proven long-term success and their ability to look and FUNCTION like natural teeth.
How does it work?
The procedure is really quite simple and virtually painless. A surgeon places a titanium post in the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth/teeth. Because of the specific titanium material used, the body will actually grow bone all around the implant causing it to integrate with the bone and become locked in place. The implant now becomes the root of the missing tooth. After a period of healing time, your general dentist will attach a ceramic crown to the implant restoring the form and function to this area.
What makes Dental Implant treatment so great?
- Unlike a removable prosthesis (denture), an implant is rigidly fixed in the jaw which allows it to absorb a great amount of force when chewing.
- A single missing tooth can now be restored without anchoring or relying on adjacent teeth. A one tooth solution for a one tooth problem.
- Since the entire implant is made of inorganic material, there is no risk of decay!
Dental Implants can be used in a number of ways
- Single Tooth Implant – One missing tooth, replaced by one implant.
- Implant Bridge – Replace 3 or more teeth with only two implants.
- Implant-Supported Overdenture – By placing two implants, we can modify your current denture or fabricate a new one that actually “snaps” on and off. If your loose-fitting denture is preventing your ability to function and chew, please contact us to discuss how we can improve your quality of life.
- Full-Arch Prosthesis or Hybrid – this new procedure is very exciting. We are now able to attach a full-arch prosthetic to 4 or more implants. This procedure gives totally edentulous patients a fixed (NON-REMOVABLE) option to restore all of their teeth.
Why should you replace missing teeth? Missing teeth can lead to a number of negative consequences.
- Difficulty chewing and/or speaking
- Loss of bone in that area
- Teeth can drift leading to bite and/or periodontal problems
- Increased stress/wear on remaining teeth
- Potential for TMJ dysfunction
- Alteration of facial appearance – premature aging