Single Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as a replacement for the root of a missing natural tooth. Titanium is biocompatible with human tissue, which means that over time, it will fuse with bone. That fusion creates a solid anchor for a replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth and can be placed in the upper or lower jaw.
Why should I get dental implants?
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage may make your face appear older.
Dental implants are stable and comfortable, and compared to dentures, little adjustment is needed after insertion. Implants generally last longer than any other tooth replacement procedure.
Natural teeth are preserved: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants eliminate the need to modify healthy adjacent teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
Implant pricing depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support replacement teeth. Some additional procedures (such as bone grafting) may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure their long-term health and success. To obtain an estimate, it is necessary for us to examine your teeth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, we will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor for implant success is the amount of bone available for the implant to attach to. We will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
Is old age an issue?
Some of our older patients have expressed concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to get dental implants.Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. We will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose an entire tooth – crown and root – your jawbone can shrink, which may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge does not.
How will dental implants affect my life?
Replacement teeth that are supported by implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. This means you can eat and drink whatever you choose. Dental implants often improve quality of life in another concrete way. People who have experienced embarrassment or worry because of problems with their teeth are often surprised and delighted by what new permanent teeth can do for their self esteem.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. Their appearance, comfort, and functionality often exceed our patients’ expectations.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anaesthesia and sedation are commonly administered to help reduce discomfort during the implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable than anticipated after the procedure. We will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. If there is any discomfort, it can usually be treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should be able to work the next day in most cases.
What are my options for single tooth replacements?
There are several treatment options avalaible for single tooth replacements. You can view the procedure and your options by clicking here.
What are my options for multiple teeth replacement?
There are several treatment options avalaible for replacing several missing teeth. You can view the procedure and your options by clicking here.
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