People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health. Dental implants have revolutionized modern dentistry.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. The surface of the implants are specially treated to encourage bone to bond/grow to the implants creating a solid foundation on which to anchor the replacement teeth. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
Dental implants eat, taste and feel like natural teeth. They eliminate suffering with missing or broken teeth or dealing with loose fitting dentures. Dental implants allow you to regain your dignity and smile with confidence. Also dental implants mean no longer choosing food that you “can” manage to eat instead of the food you really "want" to eat. Dental implants also put an end to embarrassments that cause you to avoid social situations.
The most exciting aspect of dental implants is not even the implants but the evolving modern technology surrounding them. Such modern technology as 3D imaging and dynamic computer guided surgeries make the implant procedure a much more accurate and less involved process that conventional dental implant surgery. The implant can usually be placed in one simple dental visit. This not only saves time in our office, but also results in far less discomfort following the procedure due to the minimally invasive procedure (usually requiring no surgical flaps or sutures.) All this gets you smiling and back to your life quicker.
Our practice strives to find new and innovative ways to help our patients, and we take time to care. Your implant procedure will be handled in one office by one doctor from placement to restoration. This ends bouncing between offices just hoping the lines of communication are maintained and the patient is not lost. We take the time to talk with our patients to make sure we understand their needs and desires from which we craft a complete, custom plan from start to finish thus satisfying those needs and desires.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.