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What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made out of titanium that replace a missing tooth or teeth. These implants are screws placed directly into the jaw bone to serve as an artificial root to hold your new tooth in place. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone allows the dental implant to stabilize the bone preventing bone loss and maintaining its shape and density. The implant serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth (single crowns, bridges or dentures).
After the patient is fully healed and the implant is secure, a prosthetic tooth is attached to the screw. For a single implant, the process can usually be completed fairly easily, with relatively little pain.
Dental implants are often seen as the superior alternative to dentures or other replacement options because they are extremely natural looking as well as permanent. You care for them much like you would your natural teeth, and no one will likely notice the difference.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implant Surgery?
There are numerous reasons to choose dental implants over dentures or bridges, depending on your unique situation.
- Dental implants look and work like natural teeth
- Implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution
- They are low maintenance, requiring the same care as normal teeth
- Dental implants only focus on teeth that are missing; they don’t involve working with other teeth
- They replace the need for a removable full or partial denture
- Implants are aesthetically pleasing and eliminate pain from talking or eating with dentures
- Without the root structure of a natural tooth the jawbone can shrink making your face look older
- Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural
Most people are candidates for dental implants, with some exceptions due to major medical conditions. Any potential issues will be discussed during a prior consultation with a professional at Cirocco Dental Center.
What Are My Options?
The specialists at Cirocco Dental Center will assess your situation and make the best personal recommendation for treatment.
Replacing a single lost tooth with an implant provides a post on which to cement a crown. This saves the healthy, adjacent teeth from being ground down to support a bridge. Unlike bridgework, implants also prevent bone loss by replicating the missing tooth root. Depending on the condition of your jawbone, a temporary crown may be placed immediately.
When missing several teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, implants may be strategically placed based upon the amount of available bone and the location of your missing teeth. The number of implants needed will depend upon the number of teeth missing. Two implants may provide support for a cemented bridge that replaces three adjacent teeth.
When missing all teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, a denture may be supported by two to four strategically placed implants. The denture rests on your gums and attaches to the implant tops for a removable denture that snaps into place. This is a cost-effective option that may be upgraded with the placement of additional implants for even greater denture support.
Removable Denture Supported by a Bar
When missing all teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, four to six implants may be placed and splinted together to support a denture. The bar connecting the implants extends toward the back of your mouth to help stabilize the denture when you bite with your back teeth.
Full Arch Crowns or Bridge
When missing all teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, a combination of crowns and/or bridges may be supported by implants. The number of implants, generally five or more, will vary depending upon your particular situation. Crowns and bridges offer greater aesthetics than a denture.
The Ultimate Confidence Boost
Having missing or badly damaged teeth can certainly take a toll on your confidence. A high quality dental implant from Circocco is a permanent solution!
Our staff has over 15 years experience proving dental implants to our local patients. We’d love to help you boost your self esteem and bring your smile back. Simply give us a call or send us an email message to get started.