If you’re feeling self-conscious about missing teeth, you may find it difficult to maintain a confident smile. In fact, having a confident smile can make a huge difference in your self-esteem, social life, and career. When compared to other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants are really the closest thing to having your natural teeth and being able to enjoy the foods you love as well as speak clearly to friends and family. Looking for a specialist who can complete the entire process in one office? Call Healthy Smiles Dental Care today!
Dental implants are small posts used to support dental restorations. They essentially act as prosthetic roots for teeth. Most implant posts are made from medical-grade titanium, which can be safely placed into the jawbone and hidden underneath gum tissue. In order for the implant to fully integrate with the jaw, several months of healing is needed. However, once it has fully healed, you can expect firm and confident support for a variety of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and even dentures.
Whether you already have missing teeth and are looking for solutions or you need to have a tooth extracted and you want to maintain as much of your natural bone tissue as possible, patients in both circumstances can benefit from their use. With that said, you should have healthy gums and a strong enough jaw to support implant posts. Furthermore, there are treatments available that can help you become eligible to receive dental implants, such as bone grafting, but this will depend on your needs.
Whether it’s a molar or a tooth visible in your smile, we can replace it with a crown and implant. Generally, this option is the best alternative to a dental bridge, which involves removing existing enamel from your natural teeth in order to place. This makes dental implants a great option if you’d prefer to leave your existing teeth intact.
Keep in mind that dental bridges do not have to be anchored to natural teeth. For example, if you have multiple consecutive missing teeth, it’s possible to create a bridge that’s supported by dental implants! Two crowns are used to make up the bridge and sit on top of a pair of implant posts. These implants hold the replacement teeth between them, all without needing to modify your natural teeth sitting adjacent to the gap.
One of the major benefits of dental implants is that you don’t have to receive a dedicated implant for each tooth you’ve lost. In fact, in most cases we can replace a full implant-supported denture with just 4 to 8 implants and still ensure positive jaw health. While some implant dentures can be removed, most implant-retained versions are designed to remain in place. Taking care of them is easier this way; just brush and floss as if you had your natural teeth!
With traditional dental implants, you’d need to wait several months before a restoration can be placed on top. With the All-on-4 treatment, which is also known as “Teeth-in-a-Day,” you can skip the wait time just to receive your new denture. To do this, we place the implants at specific angles that make the most of your existing bone tissue. This way, a temporary denture can be attached while the permanent denture is being designed and fabricated.
While mini dental implants may be small, they are quite mighty in their functionality. For one, smaller implant posts do not require complex surgery. Plus, they can reduce the amount of necessary healing from months to mere days! If you do not want to pay for a bone graft or reduce discomfort from your treatment, they are a great alternative for patients. What’s even more notable is that they can be placed in a single day and allow you to eat like you normally do. During your consultation, feel free to ask us about mini implants to see if they’re right for you!
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