Are you missing a tooth or do you have bridgework or a denture and would like a more natural, permanent solution? Dental implants may be the answer.
Dental implants are dental devices that look very similar to a tooth root. They are used to provide anchors in your jawbones to hold replacement teeth such as crowns or implant-supported dentures. Once they are in place, implants can be as strong as your natural teeth.
The implant procedure begins when we assess the bone structure of your mouth to determine whether you have sufficient bone to support the implant. If you have insufficient bone, it might be necessary to augment the implant area with bone tissue grafts.
Once the implant location is determined, we will place the implant by drilling a small hole in your jawbone and placing the implant in it. Over a few months your bone tissue will naturally integrate itself into the implant, strengthening it.
After the implant has fully healed, we can attach a crown to replace a missing tooth, or an implant-supported denture to replace one or more missing teeth. You will need to floss and brush around the implant as you would a normal tooth.
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth with implants (View Examples). You do not even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.
Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.
At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort, and well-being.
Dental Implants require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.
Strictly speaking, implants cannot be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.
There is a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaw. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.