Implant Dentistry: Take Your Smile Back
Anyone who has lost their teeth can tell you: it’s no laughing matter. Losing teeth can be a difficult, sometimes embarrassing, process. It’s easy for us to take our smiles for granted. But when they’re gone, it often results in a total lack of confidence. Fortunately, we can help. Our implant dentistry team has been able to help many patients take their smiles back and find their self-confidence once again.
There are a few different options for those who have lost their teeth. Among those, dental implants and dentures are common. This article will focus on implant dentistry rather than dentures.
Implants are usually the ideal option for those looking to replace their teeth. They look and feel more natural than dentures or bridges. They can also last a lifetime with good care. They’ll restore a person’s smile and quality of life significantly.
Dental Implants: The Basics
Implant dentistry is a relatively modern subject in the dental field. Today’s implants are minimally-invasive and highly effective. They can replace a single tooth or an entire mouth’s worth of teeth. Either way, each dental implant is made of the same parts: 1. a metal post which will fuse to a person’s jaw. 2. an abutment which covers up the implant. 3. a false tooth that fits over the top of the implant. Between these three things, a natural-looking tooth is created and
In the past, it was impossible for patients to replace missing teeth the same way. They would usually require a denture or a combination of bridges to replace missing teeth, both of which require removal. Now, implants can offer patients a permanent option for tooth replacement.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are some significant differences between implants and other tooth replacement options which should be noted.
Dental implants are a permanent solution, whereas dentures and bridges both need to be removed. Instead, you clean dental implants like natural teeth and you never need to remove them.
Denture-wearers will often express that dentures uncomfortable and tough to get used to. Because implants are like real teeth, they’re very easy to grow accustomed to, and they fit in your mouth with ease.
With full mouth implants, you can eat whatever you’d like. Dentures, however, prohibit many foods since they are easily damaged. It’s also much harder to taste with dentures than with implants since dentures cover the roof of your mouth.
With dental implants, you can rest assured that your smile will not embarrass you. While dentures tend to slip in and around your mouth, implants are stationary and look just like natural teeth.
Candidates for Dental Implants
If you’re curious about dental implants, you can schedule a free consultation with us. Our implant dentistry team can talk you through the possibility of receiving dental implants. Whether or not you’re a candidate will depend on a few factors. Your medical health will be evaluated to see if there are any pre-existing conditions which prevent you from receiving dental implants. The dentists will also inspect the state of your teeth and gums. Although, they shouldn’t prohibit you from receiving implants in most cases. Your age will also help us determine if you’re eligible for implants. Usually, we’ll wait for a child’s jawbone to be fully developed to perform an implant procedure. Heavy smoking can cause your jaw to reject dental implants. Finally,
Your age will also help us determine if you’re eligible for implants. Usually, a child’s jawbone doesn’t fully develop until they’re about 18. It’s for that reason that we avoid implants for child Heavy smoking can cause your jaw to reject dental implants. Finally, severe bone loss was a huge factor in the past. It used to be that those with bone loss could not get dental implants. But now, our innovative Hybrid Prosthesis procedure will allow you to have implants, even if you have extensive bone loss. 90% of patients who are rejected from other forms of implants are eligible for Hybrid Prosthesis. This is because the process uses only the front of a person’s jaw to place the implants.
Our Implant Dentistry Team’s Process
The process of implants as a whole can take time, especially if you’re replacing all of your teeth. Luckily, placing implants for Hybrid Prosthesis takes a single day. Over the course of time, your implants will fuse with your bone. In the meantime, you’ll have a temporary set of teeth. Then, once your implants have integrated with your jawbone, our dentists will place your permanent teeth once and for all.
When you come in for your free consultation, our implant dentistry team will take x-rays and sometimes a CT scan to look at your jaw. This will tell the dentists if you’re a candidate for implants. Then, they’ll help you set up another appointment.
For the next appointment, the dentist and oral surgeon will place a titanium post into your jaw. This will be the actual implant. After that, your dentists will give the implant time to fuse with your jawbone. This will often take 3-6 months, depending on how quickly your jawbone heals.
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At any of NFD locations, you can find compassionate care from professionals that strive to provide excellent dental treatment to every patient. In everything we do, comfort, satisfaction, and quality dental work are our standards.