Dental Implants: Modern Replacements for Missing Teeth
An accident, injury, or disease can cause tooth loss. Having an incomplete smile can make you self-conscious and lead to other oral health problems. Dental implants are a great option to predictably replace one or more missing teeth back to the feel and look of your natural teeth!
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root, secured in your jawbone, which acts as an anchor to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Stable and permanent, implants integrate into your bone and do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Why Choose Implants
- Dental implants are the closest option available to replacing the look and feel of your natural tooth!
- Implants can be used as an anchor to support an individual tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth.
- Implants are an excellent way to secure a loose fitting denture and greatly improve ones chewing ability.
- Studies show that dental implants have a 95 percent success rate!
FAQs about Dental Implants
Do I really need to replace one tooth?
A missing tooth leaves a gap in your mouth, which might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Esthetics aside, a missing tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, causing a change in your bite. Individuals who have lost multiple teeth are also susceptible to their adjacent teeth taking on more of the chewing forces when eating, and can quickly develop more wear and possibly, cracking.
Am I a candidate for implants?
For successful implant placement, you need to be in good overall health, have good dental health, and sufficient bone and gum tissue structure. During your exam, we will perform a full evaluation to see if dental implants are a good option for you.
How do I care for my implants?
Treat your implants like you would your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, and schedule routine checkups and professional cleanings. We can also show you some other techniques and instruments that can be used at home to help keep your implants healthy.
I have a denture that I have a hard time eating and talking with? How can implants benefit me?
Implants may have the most noticeable impact for patients who wear dentures. Did you know that chewing with a denture will only apply 25% of the chewing force as compared to your nature teeth? Luckily, implants are an excellent option that can both support and stabilize your denture when eating or talking. Typically, anywhere from two to six implants are needed to secure a denture, depending on your goals. Your denture can then be fitted to the implants so that you can snap your denture in and out, or else a new denture can be made which can be screwed into the implants.
How long does the process take?
Once an implant is surgically placed in bone, it takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the bone to integrate around the implant. During this time, the implant should not be disrupted. Once the implant has integrated into the jawbone, an impression of the implant is made and sent to a lab, where it takes a few weeks to get back the final prosthesis.
How much do dental implants cost?
We know that this a common question amongst our patients. Because each case is unique, it is difficult to estimate the cost of implants until we are able to do a thorough exam and determine your specific needs. After a complete exam, we will explain our findings and review your treatment options, along with the cost.