Dental Implants

are the permanent way to replace missing teeth, with a look and feel that’s very close to your natural teeth. Implants are metal posts or frames surgically placed into the bone beneath your gums. The implants fuse with the jawbone providing stable support to artificial teeth, preventing individual teeth, bridges or dentures from shifting in your mouth. They are a popular and high-tech way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer more stability than traditional bridges since they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

If you lose one or several teeth or if you’re dissatisfied with dentures or other options available to you, dental implants may be right for you. During your initial consultation, we’ll help you make the best decision.

INDIVIDUAL IMPLANTS

Individual missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants without altering your healthy adjacent teeth. Once dental implants are placed, posts (or abutments) are attached, providing support for your final crowns. A patient can have multiple individual implants.

DENTAL BRIDGES WITH IMPLANTS are an alternative to multiple individual implants with considerable savings. This is recommended if you’re missing 3 or more teeth. The procedure is the same and the cost is generally lower. A three-crown implant bridge requires only two implants giving the appearance of a complete set of teeth.

DENTURES SUPPORTED BY IMPLANTS or simply overdentures, are effective when a patient has no teeth at all on any given arch.  Implants are placed to support the dentures.  Once the implant has integrated into the bone jaw, an abutment is attached.  The abutment has a ball & socket fixture to support an attachment for the denture.  A minimum of 4-6 implants can maintain an upper denture and 2-4 implants for the lower dentures. Although the dentures that fit over implants are considerably more expensive than standard dentures, they offer the added advantage of allowing upper dentures to be built in the shape of an arch instead of having to cover the entire palate. This is of special significance to people who otherwise cannot wear full dentures.

BONE GRAFTING
Dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction. Restoring and maintaining facial bone structure is important for several reasons. Many dental procedures, such as dental implant placement, require the bone to be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results. Also, the jaw and other facial bones support the skin and muscle that are responsible for our outward cosmetic appearance.

EXTRACTIONS AND PLACEMENT OF IMPLANTS
Placing a dental implant immediately after extraction depends on the amount of available bone in the area and on other factors.  Placing the implant at the same visit helps preserve both the width and height of the bone. During the first year after teeth have been removed, as much as 40% of jawbone width can be lost.  Sometimes, infection from a tooth or periodontal disease makes it necessary to do a bone grafting procedure prior to implant placement.  If it is possible to place the implant on the same visit as when the teeth are extracted,  healing time can be reduced compared to waiting for an extraction site to heal before the implants can be placed.

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you face the loss of one or several teeth or if you’re dissatisfied with dentures or other options available to you, dental implants may be right for you. During your initial consultation, we’ll help you decide.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Because dental implants are designed to mimic the structure of your natural teeth, they provide a good option for:

Replacing one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth,
Supporting a bridge and eliminating the need for a removable partial denture,
Providing a more secure and comfortable support for a denture.

OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Increased self-confidence. Because dental implants function like natural teeth, your confidence will be renewed.
Improved biting pressure – healthy teeth are able to absorb over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch. Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood compared to the same level of healthy natural teeth.
Comfortable and tooth-saving. Because your replacement teeth are securely anchored to your jawbone, they can’t slip or slide like unsecured dentures can. Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth, so more of your own teeth are left untouched, a long-term benefit to your health.
Longevity and reliability. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Because implants integrate into the structure of your jawbone, they can help prevent bone loss and gum recession. With proper oral care and regular dental visits, implants can last a lifetime.