Dental Implants

What Can Be Done For A Single Missing Tooth?

In the case of a single missing tooth, a dental implant can be placed in the jawbone area of the missing tooth. The implant will serve as a replacement for a tooth root and an individual crown. The total apparatus is referred to as a single-tooth implant crown. Once in place, the implant crown will look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.

They are cleaned and flossed just like natural teeth, and best of all, they do not require any special tools to clean around them like bridges. Although dental implants will not decay, they require impeccable oral hygiene.

 
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What Types of Dental Implants Are There?

There are several different types that are available, however the American Dental Association (ADA) considers both the endosteal and the subperiosteal implants to be acceptable. An important factor for selection is to determine whether or not your jawbone can adequately support the implant. Most dental implants placed today are endosteal root form fixtures (similar to a man-made tooth root).

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Are There Any Technology Facts Concerning Dental Implants I Should Know?

The technology has been around for decades. In fact, some patients have had dental implants for more than 40 years. Hundreds of thousands of dental implants have been inserted with more than a 90% success rate. All other metal implants in the body (including hips and knees) are the result of the dental implant technology.

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How Can I Find A Good Dental Implant Dentist?

When getting dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with in-depth knowledge and prior experience with all aspects of the treatment. It is also important to know that implant treatment consists of two components: a surgical phase and a restorative phase.

Traditionally, a dental surgeon, like an oral surgeon or a periodontist, performs the surgical component. A general dentist, or prosthodontist and laboratory technician performs the restorative component. However, as implant dentistry has become more sophisticated, sometimes a dentist who specializes in restorative dentistry conducts the entire procedure.

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How Would I Get My Missing Teeth Replaced With Dental Implants?

“Well, you know Doc, it’s just a back tooth. No one will see it so I’ll just get rid of it. It’s not going to make a difference.”  Unfortunately we hear this type of comment more often than you would think. The plain truth is that it will make a difference. We know that the loss of just a single tooth can set a course that can destroy an entire mouth. 

“Well, if that’s true, tell me more. I sure don’t want to lose the front ones that I smile with.” We often answer with an explanation that teeth will drift and tip into a space that is created by missing teeth. Just like two gears of a car that are not properly aligned, pretty soon you’ve got a whole lot of problems. “Well, I don’t like that. What can I do?” 

If it sounds like I’ve heard this conversation a few times, you’re right. If I’m going to keep a patient happy, I need to provide options at this point. One of the options we often discuss here would be a dental implant. This is the replacement of a tooth with a false root that is surgically placed. Our doctor then carefully constructs a dental crown to replace the missing tooth, to prevent teeth from shifting and thereby causing further tooth loss.

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What Are The Number of Dental Implants Recommended?

This is a question that should be determined during the treatment plan. A good rule-of-thumb is to place one implant for each tooth replaced. Other decisive factors for the number of implants needed for success is the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone. Equally as important are the existing anatomy of the bone and the financial resources of the patient.

Placing enough implants to restore teeth is vitally important to the long-term success of the restoration. Simply stated, the most costly mistake is to have an implant fail because not enough implants are placed to support the teeth. If the number of implants is limited due to financial constraints of the patient, then the implant treatment should be avoided or the type of restoration must be altered.

 
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What Is The Process For Dental Implants?

After assessing the patient, a comprehensive treatment plan can be devised. From that point, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia. The length of the healing time is based on the quality and quantity of bone, as well as the type of implant placed. After adequate healing is allowed to occur, the implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture. For more information or questions, please give us a call.

 
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Dental Implants – What Are They?

A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for a root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. As the body heals for approximately two to six months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration.

After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for a missing tooth.

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Can I Replace A Missing Tooth Using Dental Implants?

Losing a tooth by accident or by extraction is not the end of the matter. When a tooth is missing, the resulting gap will allow nearby teeth to tilt or drift from their normal position, and the teeth above the gap will move downward. Aside from the obvious cosmetic problem, the changed positions of these teeth can lead to severe bite problems causing jaw pain and headaches.

Missing teeth should be replaced to keep other teeth in their normal position. This can be done by our doctors with a fixed bridge or a dental implant. Both of these treatments offer a good functional and cosmetic result. Please call our office with any questions you may have regarding the benefits of replacing missing teeth with bridges or dental implants.

 
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Are Dental Implants A Perfect Fit?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you’ll want replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don’t work for you, you may consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself.

Generally, you are a good candidate for implants if you have jawbone ridges that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues. When the implant device is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant. With implants, you get a perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or better than!) your original teeth!!

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