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Dental Implants

Tooth loss can have a far-reaching effect on your dental health and personal appearance because when you lose one or more teeth, the remaining teeth can drift out of position and lead to problems such as more tooth loss, decay and gum disease. Due to new technology, it is now possible to replace missing teeth and actually implant a working and natural looking tooth. This involves implanting a small metal anchor right into the jaw bone for security and stability. A crown is later placed on that post and you once again have a normally functioning tooth.

Dental implants can be an effective method to replace one tooth or several teeth. Each implant consists of a metal anchor that is inserted into the jawbone, and a protruding post, which is outfitted with an artificial tooth. Implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial denture or secure a fixed denture. The process may take up to a year to complete.

Implants

Dental Implant Bridge Procedure

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Now there is an alternative for replacing a missing tooth, missing teeth or help anchor dentures securely. Implantology has been in dentistry for decades but only in the past 10 years or so has it become much more predictable and successful. There are now thousands of implants placed each year world wide with tremendous long-term success.

Dental Implants attach replacement teeth directly to the jawbones and are an alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. The implants consist of a post surgically inserted into the bone which then allows the bone to grow around it, providing a firm anchor. The replacement teeth are placed on this new anchor. One tooth or an entire arch can be replaced with 93-98% success rates. The replacement teeth are cared for like natural teeth, using good oral hygiene, regular professional cleanings and exams.

Implants are a very exciting part of today’s dentistry. If there is an opportunity for us to share any information or provide a consultation for possible implant placement, please do not hesitate to call.

Dental Implants can provide comfortable chewing and beautiful smiles! It is a lifetime investment in comfort and image. Most implant patients wish they had done it sooner! Many patients relate how they are now healthier since there are no vegetables they need to avoid as when they had dentures, missing or broken down teeth. Also patients discuss how they feel that they have more self-confidence, especially in people-related careers. Past denture-wearers can smile more easily and they do not even have to worry about yawning! As an added bonus, implant patients have in many cases slowed the bone loss that usually comes with tooth loss. So healthier, happier and absolutely satisfied is how to describe implant patients.

Types of Implants

Restoring Your Mouth

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  • Artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots
  • Made from titanium, covered with material that can attach to the jaw bone
  • Endosseous: placed within the jaw
  • Sub-periosteal: attached under the gum but over the jaw

Qualifications

Restoring Mouth With Dental Implants

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  • Someone in good health
  • Sufficient jaw bone to support the implant
  • Lack of other medical complications

Implant Longevity

Just like your real teeth, implants require very careful cleaning each and every day. Regular dental hygiene appointments are just as important (if not more so). It is true that implants can’t decay, but they are susceptible to periodontal problems just like real teeth. Very important factors are the correct placement of your implant in secure bone and a very correct bite to minimize stresses – these decisions are made by the dentist directing your care.

There are implants that have been successfully used for over 30 years. Now, with a better understanding of fundamentals and studies performed, we expect implants to be 95%+ successful for 30 years and most likely a lifetime.

Placement Technique

Now the implant actually “osseous integrates” (biologically fuses) to the bone. This process of integration takes usually from 4 to 6 months. During this time, the implant remains covered over and no forces are placed on it. Dentures may be worn during this healing time. After the integration has been allowed to occur, in a very simple procedure, the implant top is exposed and an extension is placed so that the gums can heal for a short period of time.

Denture Anchoring

Anchoring

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You don’t need 14 implants to replace all of the lower teeth, just a few implants correctly placed will support a denture. Most cases require between 2 and 5 implants to provide excellent results. Generally, if you want teeth that are not removed, it will require that more implants be placed. Because they’re more easily cleansed, we prefer that the implant supported teeth be removable. Another excellent reason for removable teeth is that they act like a shock absorber for the implants.

Anchoring

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Through a series of very precise impressions and lab procedures, a bar is made to precisely fit over the top of each implant extension. The bar has a shape that will accommodate plastic snaps to fit over it. These snaps are then transferred to the inside of the denture base. With the denture snapped into position, all the implants, bar and snaps are hidden by the denture acrylic.

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