A single missing tooth can rob your self-confidence and cause you to keep your lips pursed when you smile. Multiple missing teeth can claim more than your self-confidence; they can interfere with the way you chew and the types of food you can comfortably eat.
Life is too short to let one or more missing teeth interfere with your confidence or your diet. Dental implants often are the perfect answer to these oral health problems.
A dental implant is comprised of three parts:
- The implant itself, which acts as a tooth root
- An abutment
- A crown
Benefits of Dental Implants
- A dental implant is the next best thing to your natural teeth. When restored, they look, feel and work just like real teeth.
- They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, all of your teeth, and they can act as support for partial or full dentures.
- They don’t require any special dental hygiene tools. Brush and floss as normal.
- Take good care of them, and your dental implants will last a very long time.
- You’ll never get a cavity again in the area restored by an implant.
- Unlike a bridge, implants only involve the space where the tooth is missing. The healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth are preserved.
How the Process Works
The first step to getting a dental implant begins with a diagnosis and a referral to a specialist who will place the implant into your jaw. This is done in an office setting, and you will be numb for the procedure.
We are fortunate in our area to be surrounded by talented oral surgeons and periodontists who work with us to properly place the implant. This benefits you because it means there are multiple professionals overseeing your care to ensure you receive the best restoration possible.
After the implant is placed, we take an impression of the mouth, which our lab will use to design the custom abutment and crown. We only use custom abutments because they provide the most aesthetic, natural-looking restorations, and the health of your gums is at its best.
Once your implant has integrated itself into the bone, the abutment is attached and the crown is placed. It will blend in with the rest of your teeth, and others will notice your beautiful smile instead of your dental restorations.
A Single Tooth Solution
If you’re missing a tooth, it’s important to replace it to prevent other dental problems from occurring later in life. The space left by a missing tooth can enable the neighboring teeth to drift, which can alter your bite and cause abnormal wear patterns on your teeth.
An implant that replaces one tooth follows the process above to restore your smile.
If you’re missing multiple neighboring teeth, we can place two implants and restore them with a prosthetic to create a stable, secure restoration. This is a better, more conservative solution than a conventional bridge, which requires covering neighboring healthy teeth with crowns to use as anchors for the prosthetic.
Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
Patients who are missing most of their teeth in a dental arch can benefit from a partial denture to fill the missing spaces. A conventional partial denture has metal clasps that clip onto natural teeth to maintain stability. An implant-supported partial enables us to use implants for support and get rid of those metal clasps to provide a more aesthetic restoration.
One of the most common problems people have with dentures or partials is that they are not stable enough. Implant-supported dentures provide premium stability. An implant is placed into the jawbone and a button is attached. Your dentures snap onto the button, which eliminates the need for denture adhesives. You’ll never have to worry about your teeth falling out, and you can eat most of the types of food that you like.