Say “YES!” to dental Implants
Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth, which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
- Implant dentistry is the most advanced and clinically successful therapy available to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The implants themselves are titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone.
- The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. (Crowns, bridges or dentures.) Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.Procedure
- For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone.
- For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary bridges or dentures and eat a soft diet, then a regular diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
- After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Hunt or Dr. Smalley will uncover the implants and attach small posts (abutments) which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Are you a Dental Implant Candidate?
- Dental implant surgery is performed because of tooth loss, which can occur for a number of reasons. People who have lost teeth may want dental implants for cosmetic reasons, or they may be necessary to eat normally. You may choose dental implants to anchor dentures or because they are stronger and have better retention to hold dentures in place Unlike fixed bridges, this treatment option limits the compromise to your surrounding natural teeth which have to be ground down significantly.
- A young patient replacing a single missing tooth with a three-unit fixed bridge is likely to receive three or more prostheses throughout a lifetime, with recurrent decay and tooth fracture as major reasons for replacement. A single-tooth dental implant and implant crown may initially cost more than the three-unit fixed bridge, but this cost differential will be equalized in about seven years
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