Many people suffer from the tooth loss caused by teeth decay or injury. For years, the only treatments available were dentures and bridges. Today, we have better solution – dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a dental prosthesis such as crown, bridge or denture. Dental implants are necessary for people who have lost their teeth because of injury, periodontal disease or some other reason.
Implants have revolutionized dentistry. They are the most well researched advanced technology and the best alternative to your natural dentition. With the implants, we can give you back your own teeth, even if you had them missing for many years. Implants restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Dental implants can bring back the smile to patients who experienced teeth decay, injury, gum disease, etc. They are also a perfect choice in case of ill-fitting dentures. If you want to replace your missing teeth, don’t smoke and have a good health, you are an ideal candidate for implants.
What Types of Implants Are Available?
We work with endosteal implants which are placed directly into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. We provide implants for:
Single implant tooth replacement
At the same time when an implant is placed or after a period of healing, an abutment is fused to the implant. Abutment is a device that joins an implant to a custom-made crown. The crown is cemented onto the abutment to keep it in place.
Multi-teeth replacement: 2,3,4... implants and connected like bridge
As with single tooth replacement, abutments can be placed on multiple implants after the healing phase is completed. In this case, the custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments.
Over dentures (full dentures or partial dentures which are implant supported)
Looking like natural teeth, implant-supported full or partial dentures are designed to be comfortable and long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures are more stable and secure than conventional dentures, providing you with more natural biting and chewing capabilities.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants are very comfortable as they become part of you. Dental implants will reduce the risk of dentures moving or in the area of missing teeth to provide grader chewing surface and allow you to speak and eat with confidence and comfort.
Implants allow you to speak and eat freely without worries about unexpected clicks and wobbles of dentures. Moreover, implants eliminate the embarrassment of removing dentures as well as the need of messy glues and pastes needed to keep them in place. Dental implants will give you back your smile and self-esteem.
Implants look like your natural teeth. They are integrated into your bone and become permanent. With the implants, no one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Implants are very durable and with proper care can last a lifetime.
With dentures, the teeth can slip and slide within the mouth and cause mumbling or slurring speech. Implants will allow you to speak in a relaxed and natural manner.
Having missing teeth or using dentures could make the chewing process more difficult. Dental implants help to function similar like your own teeth and allow you to eat your favorite food with much less inconveniences and pain.
Improved Oral Health
Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth and, as a consequence, more natural teeth are left intact. Implants also provide easier access between teeth, improving the overall oral hygiene.
Can I Be a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are available for people of all ages; growing children are the only exception. The candidate for dental implant should have a good general and oral health. An adequate jaw bone is very important as the dental implant is integrated into the jawbone. For those who don’t have a strong jaw, bone grafts or mini implants are also available. Healthy gums are another requirement for successful implant dentistry. People with periodontal disease more often experience complications. Bruxism (teeth clenching) is another contraindication to surgery, it could reduce the overall success of the implant dentistry. Patients who smoke, suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease are evaluated individually.
Implant replacement need the same care as the natural teeth. Keep proper daily hygiene, including brushing, flossing and using of small bottle brushes (TePe brushes). Regular visits to your dentist are necessary to make sure that the implants’ integrity is stable and everything is functioning properly.
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Missing teeth are a serious dental problem for multiple reasons. Whether the absence has been permanent or was due to a traumatic injury, unnecessary gaps in the dental bridge can lead to serious dental problems, including periodontal disease. Radiant Smiles often recommends dental implants to patients in order to:
- Replace a missing tooth
- Ensure healthy bone levels
- Offer support for overdentures
- Provide the appearance and function of a natural tooth
The simplest and beneficial solution to filling the gap of missing teeth and protecting from such conditions is a dental implant. Depending on the patient’s specific situation, our Mid-Cities dentists can perform dental implant procedures to replace missing or broken teeth and protect from further complications.