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Dental Implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS – A “NATURAL” REPLACEMENT
Today, the preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. By inserting an implant you can prevent the bone from resorbing and create a solid foundation for implant retained dentures.

There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over other treatment options. It is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to adjacent teeth with clasps which can cause tooth loosening. Implant-supported replacement teeth or dentures spare patients many of the disadvantages of traditional false teeth, leaving them with the look of a natural and secure smile.

HOW DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT WORK?
The first step in the treatment sequence is placing the implant(s) in the jaw using a gentle surgical procedure. The bone forms a strong bond to the implant after just 6-12 weeks, providing a solid foundation for attaching a replacement tooth (crown) or denture.

Unlike other dental implants/ ITI dental implants are usually not covered by gum tissue, so a second surgical procedure is not required to attach the crowns. Both the gum tissue and the bone remodel around the implant at the same time.

Following this brief period of time during which the bone is remodeling around the implant, fabrication of the replacement tooth or denture can begin. This process involves a few appointments for attaching any abutment(s) or post(s) to the implant(s), taking impressions of your mouth, and checking for proper fit and color.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Modern techniques have made it possible for nearly everyone who is missing teeth to qualify as a candidate for implant treatment. The determining factors are a sufficient amount of quality bone, good oral hygiene and generally good health.

Prior to implant placement, the remaining teeth and gums need to be healthy. Conscientious oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist are also important for long-term success.

In patients who have already lost significant amounts of bone, simple and predictable techniques are now available to accomplish bone regeneration prior to implant placement.

BENEFITS OF IMPLANT SUPPORTED OVERDENTURES
Benefits of Implant Supported Overdenture for Complete Lower Tooth Replacement:

  • Maintains integrity of facial structures by preserving the remaining bone
  • Eliminates pain of ill-fitting dentures and need for adhesives
  • Increased stability restores natural chewing capacity and improves digestion

Benefits of Implant Supported Bridge or Overdenture for Complete Lower Tooth Replacement:

  • Maintains integrity of facial structures by preserving the remaining bone
  • Restores lost lip support and minimizes wrinkles around the mouth
  • Option of leaving the roof of the mouth uncovered
  • Increased stability restores natural chewing capacity and improves digestion
  • Eliminates pain of ill-fitting dentures and need for adhesives