Dental Implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges since no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to place the implant itself. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted –multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. The implant must then be allowed about 3-6 months to heal (during this time, you will be having a temporary tooth so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile). After the implant is completely healed, a new crown will be placed over the implant which will be undistinguishable form the rest of the teeth.
Implants can replace one or more teeth and are also an ideal solution to permanently “fix” those loose dentures.
Implants can also be used to easily secure a loose denture. Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there, however, it is possible to made an implant supported denture for the upper jaw as well.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases the denture will be made of acrylic and in some cases, an old denture may be “retrofitted” to accept the implants.Bar-retained dentures
A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in the jawbone. Clips of other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
This is the most economical method to “fix” those loose dentures. Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment (usually ball shaped) that fits into another attachment on the denture (the socket). In most cases, only two implants are sufficient for this type of over-denture.
You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the dentures at night.
Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouth that can’t be removed. We will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
Single Tooth Implants
If you're missing a tooth and want the very best dentistry has to offer, you could be the perfect candidate for single-tooth implants. Single-tooth implants act as tooth roots for replacement teeth. They are securely anchored into the jaw and topped with a dental crown for the very best in look, feel and function. Single-tooth implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges and partial dentures. Surrounding teeth and the jawbone are better preserved. Single-tooth implants are also easier to clean. And they can also outlast bridges and dentures by about 10 years!
Cosmetic Dental Implants
It's almost impossible to feel confident when you smile if you're missing teeth. Cosmetic dental implants can change that. With cosmetic dental implants, you get the best in function and aesthetics. Cosmetic dental implants are securely anchored in the jaw bone for maximum comfort and durability. The replacement tooth, or dental crown, is made of tooth-colored porcelain so that your cosmetic dental implants look, feel and function just like your real teeth!