Missing teeth can be bad for your appearance and your overall health. When you are missing one or more teeth, your jawbone can deteriorate along with your self-esteem, your diet can be impacted and your overall health can be negatively affected. Dental implants fix this problem because they look and function just like real teeth. Dental implants are also seen as the best replacement technique.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. Before, if you were suffering from missing teeth, the only options were bridges or dentures. Dental implants replace the tooth roots and offer a foundation for new replacement teeth. These new teeth are manufactured to match your existing teeth giving you a flawless smile. Dental implants have a very high success rate of around 98% and most will last a lifetime.
Once a tooth is lost, a titanium implant can be placed into the bone where the tooth used to be. Once this implant heals and integrates into the bone, a natural looking tooth crown can be attached to that implant. All without having to drill on any adjacent teeth. Most people have very little discomfort with implants and the procedure only requires local anesthesia.
The cost of dental implants initially have a higher up-front cost compared to alternatives such as bridges and dentures, but implants outlast those services by decades. This makes implants a smarter and more affordable choice over time.
In-house Consultation and Plan: Together we will lay out a dental implant plan to explore treatment options and formulate goals that hits your health and budgetary needs. We will gather your medial and dental history along with oral imaging.
Extraction: We need to extract the problem tooth or teeth. In special cases, we may place the implant at the time of extraction. For some patients bone grafting may be required prior to implant placement.
Bone Grafting: In some cases bone grafting is required for patients that are lacking mass in their jawbone needed for an implant. A bone graft will strengthen the area followed by a few months of healing before the implant can be placed.
Dental Implant Surgery: After anesthesia is administered to you, a titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone.
Final Restoration: After a few months of letting the soft tissue heal around the implant, an abutment is placed on the implant to connect with the final crown restoration.
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