Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
Are you struggling with ill-fitting dentures? Many patients who choose removable dentures or partials never reach the full satisfaction and stability they once had in their natural teeth. Often, they avoid certain foods or hide their smile when they laugh. The only way to ensure your prosthetic teeth offer maximum security is to anchor them with dental implants. Dental implants are the gold standard solution in restorative dentistry.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone. Over time, the implant post fuses to the surrounding bone to form a firm foundation for your crown, bridge or overdenture. Implants act as your artificial tooth root, which is what allows them to provide numerous benefits towards your smile and quality of life:
- Implants offer unrivaled stability for a more confident smile.
- Implants require no dietary restrictions. Enjoy your favorite foods without feeling self-conscious!
- Implants can be cared for just like natural teeth. There’s no need for messy adhesive creams or special cleaning regimes like those required for removable dentures.
- Implants prevent bone loss within your jaw. The natural bone stimulation from implants helps to preserve the shape of your cheeks, lower face and lips.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are highly versatile. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a full mouth of missing teeth. Once the implant has successfully integrated with the underlying bone, a dental implant restoration can be secured on top. Depending on your unique needs and preferences, we can customize one of the following types of dental implants for you:
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
- When a dental implant is used to restore one missing tooth, there’s no need to rely on surrounding teeth for support. A single implant can be placed into the jawbone and topped with a beautiful custom crown. Your new tooth will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth, fostering a secure and life-long replacement.
- Implant-supported Bridge
- An implant-supported bridge is the perfect solution to replace multiple missing teeth when there are still healthy existing teeth. While traditional dental bridges can be attached to natural teeth on either side, the anchoring teeth often need to be shaved down and fitted with a crown first. To avoid this and gain a more secure dental bridge, we can typically attach your custom bridge to one or two implants instead. In result, your bridge will stay firmly in place without the need to remove the prosthetic for for daily cleaning.
- Implanted Supported Overdenture
- An overdenture can be a life-changing solution for those who struggle with ill-fitting traditional dentures. This type of denture involves a full arch of prosthetic teeth that is anchored in place by implants, instead of resting on the gums using adhesive cream. Patients can avoid bone loss, messy maintenance and the common soft tissue discomfort of unstable dentures. Implant-supported dentures look and feel like real teeth and don’t require patients to avoid certain foods.
- Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Dental implants also require an adequate amount of jawbone to envelope the titanium post and ensure optimal osseointegration. This includes proper height and width of the bone. Unfortunately, when teeth go missing, the underlying bone is not properly stimulated and the bone can deteriorate over time.
If you have suffered bone loss due to your missing teeth, don’t count yourself out. A bone grafting procedure can often be performed to rebuild the jaw bone enough to successfully support a dental implant.
- Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a gold standard solution for adults with advanced tooth decay, root canal failure, missing teeth, or severely damaged teeth. However, successful dental implants do require that patients be in good overall health and free of gum disease. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes or immune deficiencies are subject to complications. In addition, it is important that you stop smoking before getting dental implants, as your nicotine habit could drastically inhibit the vital healing process of your implants.
At Arbor Dental, we’d love to tell you more about the life-changing opportunity of dental implants. Call today and let us rebuild your smile with implants dentistry!
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Still not sure if dental implants are right for you? The only sure way to know if you qualify for dental implants is to schedule a consult at Arbor Dental. However, to help you get started, please answer the following questionnaire: