What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. A dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Many people who consider implants have removable, conventional dentures for lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. These people experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after their dental implant treatment.
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants:
- Without the root structure of a natural tooth the jawbone can shrink making your face look older.
- There are no loose parts.
- An implant is stable and comfortable.
- With proper care, implants can last a life time.
- Dental Implants LOOK and FEEL like natural teeth.
Our team of dentists are trained in not only the restoration of dental implants but also in the surgical placement of the implants. The advantage is that the treatment is performed from start to finish in our office and the treatment is designed by the dentist who can envision the final solution.
Dental Implant Options
Single teeth implants:
Whether you are missing one or more single teeth, single teeth implants are the optimal replacement option in recreating the proper form, shape and contour again. With proper care, they can last a life time.
Dental Implant bridge:
In a situation where there are multiple teeth missing side by side, we sometimes do not need to replace each tooth with a single implant. We can often use fewer implants joined or splinted together to serve the same function.
Implant retained denture (Snap in Dentures):
Often with full dentures especially involving the lower jaw, there are retention issues. Often adhesive is needed to retain the denture especially with extensive bone loss that occurs over the years. Dentures that are retained (snap in) by implants adress this issue, and often make a tremendous improvement in your self esteem and daily lifestyle.
Teeth in a day:
This process involves taking your existing denture and converting into a fixed or stable prosthesis by attaching it to a number of dental implants. The denture is then screwed down onto the implants and becomes functional the same day of surgery.
Often when a tooth has been missing for some time, there is a gradual loss of vertical height and width of bone volume. In certain situations, before an implant is placed into the area, we need to increase the dimension of the area. Often we can use synthetic or donor bone to rebuild the area prior to implant placement.