Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace any teeth that you’ve lost, or to replace teeth that you’ve had extracted. Implants don’t slip or slide the way dentures can, which means that you don’t have as much trouble eating or speaking.
Dental implants have provided hope and confidence to thousands of individuals who have missing teeth. They can also help to prevent bone loss, which could ultimately have an impact on the shape of your mouth and face.
When you lose a tooth, the alveolar bone, that is the bone that holds your teeth in place, no longer gets the stimulation that it’s supposed to get on a daily basis. As a result, it stops rebuilding itself, loses width, loses height, and loses shape. This can, in turn, impact your ability to chew and speak with your remaining teeth. Dentures do not help prevent these serious issues, but implants do.
With proper hygiene, implants can last for a lifetime. It’s important to observe proper home hygiene when you get your implants, both to preserve the implant and to preserve the remaining natural teeth. If you have not had a habit of seeing the dentist for regular cleanings then we urge you to begin once your implants are in place. You can treat your implants just like you treat normal teeth, however, which means brushing and flossing works just fine.
You often hear of transplant patients “rejecting” certain organs, such as the heart, kidneys, or liver. However, a dental implant is nothing like an organ transplant. The body almost always integrates the titanium post right into the bone with no trouble whatsoever.
That’s not to say that there are never any problems whatsoever, but dental implants have a staggering 93%-96% success rate. Technology continues to evolve to help dental implants be more successful than ever before.
If you’re not a good candidate for dental implants, for whatever reason, we will let you know during your consultation, and we will explore other options with you.
We add dental implants in stages.
It all starts with the initial tooth extraction. We use a bone grafting procedure to fill in the space where the tooth used to be. You’ll then need to heal for 3 to 6 months before any additional work can be done.
At your next appointment we’ll take a series of x-rays and use computer mapping before the oral surgeon places the dental implant, a titanium post, in the space where the tooth used to be. These images help us make this into a quick, easy outpatient procedure.
You’ll then need another 3-6 months to heal again, but don’t worry. You won’t have to work around a gap in your mouth for the entire time. That’s because we’ll give you a temporary tooth to tide you over until the final stage.
Once you are fully healed, we will take an impression of your implant. Our Master Lab Technician Joe then will create a beautiful, realistic crown or bridge which will fill the space permanently. This is attached to the titanium post, where it goes on to look, feel, and function just like a real tooth. In fact, you might find yourself forgetting that you ever lost a tooth in the first place.