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Many have suffered from damaged teeth and tooth loss. Several things can cause people to lose their teeth – from injuries to sickness. This can result in embarrassment, pain and frustration. Dental implants could be the perfect solution to replace your broken teeth and give you a beautiful smile once again. If you are interested in regaining your smile, give us a call to schedule your free consultation today. We will work with you to find out if dental implants are the best option to restore your smile!
- A CT scan is performed to see if there is enough bone structure for the implant to be placed. If there is, then impressions will be taken to make a guide for the implant surgery, allowing the implant to be accurately placed into the bone.
- The implant or implants are surgically placed into the jaw.
- The jaw is allowed to heal for a period of up to six months. During this stage, the bone grows and bonds in and around the implant (this is also known as osseointegration). The dentist may create a temporary tooth replacement for the patient to wear over the implant site during the healing period.
- The implant is uncovered, and a small metal post called an abutment is attached. The gum is again allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
- The restoration or crown is fabricated and permanently attached to the abutment. Note that there are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require step 3 above. These systems use an implant which already has the abutment attached. The implant procedure may be a cooperative effort between a surgical dentist who does the actual implant placement and a restorative dentist who creates and inserts the final replacement teeth. Some dentists have advanced training and can perform all of these services.
Yes, your implant will match the rest of your natural teeth! The dental crown is custom designed to fit your mouth and color matched to your surrounding teeth. It will look completely natural and blend into your smile.
Dental implants are made to last forever! Dental implants are among the most successful restoration procedures in dentistry. With proper care and maintenance, your implants should last for many years to come. Continuing to visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and proper home care is important to make your dental implants last a lifetime.
- Dental implants are preventative. They can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often occurs with bridgework and dentures.
- Dental implants are cost effective. Since one tooth is replaced instead of the several necessary to install a bridge, dental implants can actually cost less than traditional bridgework.
- Dental implants are conservative. Unlike traditional bridges, adjacent teeth are not needed to support the implant. This means that the adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down to support crowns like they do for conventional bridges. Your own natural teeth are not compromised.
- Dental implants are comfortable. Dental implants function very similar to your natural teeth and are comfortable and stable. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from nerve compression.
- Dental implants are highly predictable – there are no embarrassing prosthetics that slip or cause speech impediments.
- Dental implants are preservative. Missing teeth cause bone shrinkage, which can result in a receding jaw line and change in facial structure. Dental implants help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so the patient’s face retains its natural shape and appearance.