Dental implants can replace one or more missing or damaged teeth as a permanent solution that leaves your smile looking completely natural and allows you to eat the foods you love.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root that’s fused with your jaw bone to create a strong, permanent post. Once placed, this implant can now be used to support a crown for a single missing tooth, or be used to support a bridge for multiple missing teeth. Given the strength of dental implants and the wide variety of situations in which they can be used, dental implants remain a favorite of dental patients across the globe. In fact, the American Dental Association estimates that dental implants have an over 95% approval rating among patients!
Dental implants are a patient-favorite solution for loose or uncomfortable dentures. Dental implants are able to provide much more security and strength than traditional dentures, and give you a beautiful and natural looking smile. The titanium post that acts as the base for the dental implant doesn’t decay, and will last a lifetime. Once your implants are placed, they can be used in tandem with a variety of treatments to give you a ecure and fully restored smile!
The first step in getting dental implants is to schedule an initial consultation with the team at 32 Smiles – during this consultation, our smile team will assess your current smile, overall oral health, medical history, as well as take any specific aesthetic desires you have into consideration. Then, we’ll take all of these things into consideration (as well as your budget) to create the perfect treatment plan for you!
After this consultation, if you decide to move forward with your implant treatment, they’ll then be another series of exams in which our team maps out your treatment and how the implant procedure with proceed. In preparation for the implant procedure, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss sedation options with our team in order to give you the most relaxing and pain-free experience as possible.
The purpose of this operation is to place the titanium implant itself into the jawbone – the implant with then fuse to the jawbone over a healing phase. Then, a crown, dentures, or a bridge is fitted!
There are several sets of circumstances under which you may benefit from dental implants – whether you’re missing just one single tooth or a full row of teeth, dental implants can help those suffering from tooth loss. When we lose teeth, the underlying bone and tissue in the jaw can begin to decay, and implants slow this process. Therefore, patients suffering from bone or tissue decay in the jaw are likely good candidates for dental implants. Dental implants also support your facial structure, resulting in a more youthful and structured face.
As stated above, there are several circumstances under which dental implants can come into play. In discussing these types of placements further, they include:
- Single Tooth Replacement – one implant is fitted into the root structure of the missing tooth. Once a healing process has occurred, a crown is placed on top of the implant.
- Replacement of Multiple Teeth– when multiple teeth require replacement, several dental implants are fitted into the root structures of the missing teeth. After a healing process has occurred, a bridge is fitted on top of the implants.
- All-on-Four Dentistry – This system provides total support for dentures, with only 4 implants needed to be placed.
- Implant-Supported Dentures – many patients of removable dentures may experience some discomfort, or the feeling that their dentures don’t offer enough support. Dental implant-support dentures, however, offer a more permanent solution with jaw bone support you can feel.