There are many ways you can replace teeth, however, most don’t actually get to the source of the problem. This of course is the tooth root, which sits beneath the gum line. While bridges and dentures do prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place, they don’t stop the breakdown of the bone tissue underneath the gums. With dental implants, you can mimic your previous tooth root, bringing back its function and making your smile complete. To learn more about the process, call our office and we’ll determine if dental implants are right for you!
A dental implant is technically the titanium post that integrates with the jaw after placement. However, while this is the portion that largely bonds with your organic structures, including your bone and gum tissue, dental implants still consist of an abutment and restoration. The restoration completes your smile and keeps your bite even, while the abutment attaches the restoration to the implant and keeps it stable. Whether you’re missing one tooth or all your teeth, dental implants are versatile enough to completely rebuild your smile.
There is no tooth replacement quite like dental implants thanks to their long-lasting function and beautiful esthetics. Not only does chewing your favorite food feel incredibly natural thanks to the implant integration, but your tooth replacement should last between 30 years and a lifetime when properly taken care of. Additionally, blood flow to the cheeks is greatly improved, meaning your facial structure remains largely unchanged, ensuring you retain a youthful appearance.
Replacing a single tooth requires only a single implant placed into the jaw. From there, the gums are sutured closed and the bone begins bonding to the titanium post. Over the next four to six months, a process known as osseointegration occurs. After about four to six months of healing, an abutment can be placed. After a few more weeks of healing in the gums, a personalized restoration can be fabricated and placed on top.
Do you have multiple missing consecutive teeth, either in a row or on opposite sides of your mouth? We can pair dental implants with a dental bridge or partial denture, ensuring your restoration remains more stable. In many cases, two dental implants are all that are needed to hold a bridge, even when replacing more than two teeth. The implants also replace the need for modifying existing teeth, which bridges require.
Replacing all teeth in your top or bottom arch is as simple as placing four to six dental implants throughout the jaw, giving them time to heal, then attaching the denture to the implants. Depending on your needs, you can have the denture customized for removability, or fixed, which means only one of our dentists removes them. Since you won’t need an implant for every tooth you replace, you can actually expect savings compared to other solutions.
Since its conception, dental implants have come a very long way. In fact, they are quickly becoming the gold standard for tooth replacement thanks to their reliability and high-success rates (generally falling between 95% and 98%.) However, you will need to have positive oral health, healthy gum tissue, and enough bone tissue for them to be placed with confidence. During your in-person consultation, our dentists can confirm if dental implants are the best solution for you.
While some dentists may ask their patients to visit an entirely different dentist so the surgical portion of dental implant treatment can be completed, Shiloh Family Dental is able to keep the whole process in-house thanks to the expertise of its dentists, Dr. Williams and Dr. Denison. That means every phase of treatment, including the placement of the implant and abutment as well as the restoration, can be done in the same location. Not only does this mean you have the same team you already know by your side, but there’s no risk of miscommunication between dentists across multiple offices.
It’s no secret that dental implants are considered to be one of the most customizable dental treatments out there. However, that also means that the price of your treatment will largely vary depending on what your needs might be. For example, need to have multiple implants placed? Do you have gum disease that needs to be addressed or bone grafts that need to be performed before treatment can begin? All of these factors can influence what you’ll pay at the end of the day. Of course, even with higher upfront costs, most people note that the cost-savings are higher with dental implants compared to other solutions thanks to their longevity and reliability.