teeth that are permanently anchored into the jaw. Because there is always
a perfect fit, implants are almost the same as having your natural teeth
back. No matter what your age, if you are missing teeth due to a dental
extraction, an accident, or decay, or you are simply tired of your ill-fitting
dentures, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants can
be for one tooth, several teeth, or, in some cases, your entire mouth.
WHAT IS A
A dental implant
is a replacement dental tooth root made of titanium, which anchors into
the jawbone and supports an implant crown. The bone grows around the implant
as if it was a natural tooth but even stronger.
HOW ARE IMPLANT
CROWNS AND FIXED IMPLANT BRIDGEWORK DIFFERENT FROM CONVENTIONAL BRIDGES?
supported crown or a multiple tooth implant restoration is different from
removable bridgework in that no natural adjacent teeth need be altered.
A conventional bridge needs two natural teeth to be attached to on either
end. A fixed implant bridge is self-supporting and does not involve altering
the structure of other adjacent teeth. It is permanently attached to the
HOW IS FIXED
IMPLANT BRIDGEWORK DIFFERENT FROM DENTURES?
typically supported by gums and remaining teeth. In time they loosen, become
uncomfortable and can lead to the eventual loss of the natural teeth that
the denture is attached to. Dental Implants feel like natural teeth, they
are stable, secured to the jawbone and not removable. With implants you
avoid the need to purchase denture adhesives and the bother of using adhesives.
They allow you to eat foods such as apples, corn on the cob, just as with
IMPLANTS WORK IMMEDIATELY? HOW MANY VISITS ARE REQUIRED?
generally require an initial surgical visit for implant placement and can
be done relatively quickly. Implants are placed into the jawbone creating
an artificial tooth root. The healing process usually takes three to six
months. After the healing process, a minor surgery is performed to uncover
the implants which have stabilized in the jawbone and are underneath the
gum. During the healing process you will be fitted with temporary natural
looking teeth. Mini-transitional implants can be used for a temporary acrylic
bridge or crown during the healing phase of the definitive implants.
Once the implant
is stable and integrated into the bone, a permanent implant crown is placed
on top of it. Since the implant acts like a natural tooth root, the crown
visits are similar to the visits required to create a crown on a natural
tooth —final impressions are taken, the crown is cast and custom made,
and adjusted to fit as comfortably in your mouth as your natural teeth.
HOW DO I
KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
No matter what
your age, if you have a space from a missing or extracted tooth, missing
teeth from age or decay, or you are a denture wearer, you may be a candidate
for dental implants. Dental implants can be for one tooth, several teeth,
or, in some cases, your entire mouth. Anyone with healthy bone structure
can benefit from implants.
Before Implant Missing
Final Implant Crown
the advantages of dental implants?
pressure — Healthy teeth are able to absorb a tremendous amount of biting
pressure (500 psi). Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure
that can be withstood to the same level of healthy, natural teeth. This
means you can go back to eating corn on the cob, apples, pears and the
like with confidence and pleasure.
fit — Because your replacement teeth are anchored and secured to the implants
in your jawbone, they won't slip and slide like dentures can.
reliability — With proper oral hygiene and care, scientifically tested
and approved dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as
20 years or more.
— Because dental implants function like natural teeth, most people feel
a renewed sense of self-confidence. No more cleaning dentures, no more
empty space between your teeth when you smile and laugh. You can eat, talk,
laugh and smile with confidence.
The best advantage
of all is an attractive smile!!
If you are suffering
from tooth loss, let us evaluate to see if implants are an option for you.
If you have further questions about dental implants or any other dental
treatment, please contact us.
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