Restore Your Oral Health with Dental Implants
Dental implants are the new standard of care for missing or failing teeth. They replace compromised teeth with stable, natural-looking teeth that can last for decades! If you’re tired of all the hassle that goes along with having dentures or bridges, then consider dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth.
When natural teeth fall out or are compromised, the damage goes well below the surface of the tooth and even the gum line. When the roots are lost due to missing teeth, the bone that once supported and surrounded those roots starts to deteriorate. This is called bone resorption, and it results in the face collapsing into the mouth. When this occurs, the entire facial structure is compromised and drastic changes in appearance occur: the lips fold in and the lower face shrivels up to create a witch-like chin and deep contours around the mouth that look like marionette lines. These changes are so severe they can make a person look many years older than they actually are.
Dental implants maintain the integrity of the facial structure by preserving the jawbone. The more teeth you’re missing, the quicker and more severe the bone loss is. For those missing all their natural teeth, bone loss can become so severe within just a few years it can be difficult to wear removable devices such as partials and dentures because there simply isn’t enough bone left to support them.
That’s why it’s so vital to replace missing tooth roots with dental implants and not just the visible part of the tooth (the crown). The implants are embedded in the bone and help preserve bone and face structure. The bone forms a bond to the implants and functions as natural tooth roots, which provide a solid and permanent foundation for biting and chewing. Your body will recognize the implant as part of the jaw, so it will stop the bone resorption process.
The New Standard of Care for Tooth Replacement
A missing tooth is an obvious dental problem and is often visible when you open your mouth to speak, eat, or smile. It can be embarrassing and likely affects your confidence, quality of life, and overall health. Missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech, and appearance. The condition also leads to bone loss in the jaw, the abnormal shifting of other teeth, and bite problems. Missing teeth cause the jawbone to shrink (called resorption), cheek bones to collapse inward, the nose to droop and point downward, and increase lines and wrinkles—all which add to the look of premature aging.
Dental implants have become the viable treatment option to replace missing teeth and are now referred to as the “standard of care” for replacing missing or failing teeth. Acting as a substitute tooth root, the natural tissue in the bone bonds to the implant, forming a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants help preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This also helps maintain the integrity of the facial structure.
Dental implant treatment provides many advantages over other traditional treatment options. Traditional options often require the grinding down of adjacent teeth for a bridge or securing a partial denture to natural adjoining teeth with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth and cause serious damage to the gum line. With dental implants, no such action is needed, so you aren’t affected by the problems associated with traditional replacement teeth.
Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. Our periodontists and oral surgeons continue to have outstanding success in replacing missing teeth with implant-supported fixed bridges. Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth, our implant specialists will perform the procedure that best fits your individual needs. Using the latest advanced materials and tissue management techniques, our specialists will help you regain the self-confidence, quality of life, and smile you may have lost when you lost those teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium device that serves as the replacement for the natural root portion of a missing tooth. Titanium is used because of its strength and because it’s a biocompatible material readily accepted by the body. It’s the same material used in orthopedic implants. Dental implants can be placed in both the upper or lower jaws and because titanium has such high biocompatible properties, the living bone tissue in the jaw adheres to the implant surface, allowing the implant to become one with the bone. The jawbone accepts the titanium implant as a true root and therefore fuses with it as if it completely. The results are the creation of the perfect anchor for a replacement tooth, or even a full set of replacement teeth. Implant teeth are strong, pain-free, worry-free, and permanent.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
- They keep the integrity of the jawline and facial structure. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. Shrinkage of the jawbone can make your face prematurely age.
- They keep any healthy remaining teeth healthy since they’re standalone solutions and don’t use any other teeth in the mouth to support or hold them in place.
- They are permanent. They’re stable, comfortable, and can last for decades.
- They restore self-esteem. After receiving dental implants, you’ll look and feel better since your new teeth have the appearance of natural teeth.
- They are easy to take care of. Caring for implants is the same as caring for regular teeth; brush your implants as you would natural teeth and be sure to visit your dentist and hygienist for regular maintenance.
For even more reasons to choose dental implants from Dental Associates, see our Dental Implants Benefits page.
Are Dental Implants Successful?
With more than five decades of clinical experience and over 1 million patients treated, statistics confirm dental implants have a success rate of 99%.1 They’re a permanent solution that can last for decades to come. With the latest technologies and most advanced techniques, you can get dental implants quicker and more efficiently than ever at Dental Associates.
Who Places the Implants?
Most dental implants are placed by highly trained Dental Associates implant surgeons and restored by experienced restorative clinicians who are experts in all aspects of replacing missing teeth. In some cases, your general dentist may place implants too. Our clinicians have extensive postgraduate education and have attended hundreds of hours of clinical seminars, advanced implant educational courses, and various mini-residency programs. Many are board certified or board eligible in their respective fields. Our surgeons are also educated in oral sedation and anesthesia. Rest assured that that you’ll have the best care from the best professionals.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of implants varies because they involve several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support the new replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your implants to ensure the long-term health of your new smile. Once we examine your case and verify your specific needs, we’ll be able to provide you a more specific cost. Each case is tailored for each individual patient, and we promise you personalized attention and the best treatment for your individual case.
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