Losing teeth is a common yet serious issue. Most adults have lost one or more teeth by the time they are in their late sixties. While there are various tooth replacement options, dental implants remain the most versatile. Allowing patients to replace a single tooth or more than a few teeth, dental implants restore oral functions along with aesthetics. Patients who get dental implants at Summerbrook Dental Group always receive the most suited procedure for an amazing outcome.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a little screw made from a biocompatible material such as titanium or zirconium. This screw is placed right into the jawbone of a receiving patient. Once placed, the screw acts as a tooth root, secure enough to hold an artificial dental crown. The finished result is an impressive, yet completely artificial tooth. The dental implant is secured in the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. During this process, the jawbone grows around the implant, fusing it in place.
Dental implants offer many benefits for our oral and overall health. From restoring smiles to reestablishing oral capabilities, its durability ensures that it lasts a lifetime. Dental implants also play a major role in helping patients avoid jawbone density loss. This in turn ensures that risks of periodontal diseases are greatly lowered. The versatility of dental implants allows it to be improvised for other tooth replacement options such as The All-on-4® Treatment Concept, implant-supported dentures, single tooth implants, multiple teeth replacement, mini dental implants, and permanent dentures.
While anyone with one or more missing teeth may consider dental implants, patients who are ideal candidates should be in good general health. They should also have adequate jawbone density. If patients have suffered bone loss, our professionals may recommend the following two procedures for them: bone grafting or sinus lift.
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The All-On-4 treatment is an effective implant solution for patients who have lost an entire row of teeth and are looking to get stable multiple teeth replacement. With All-On-4, patients do not need to replace each individual tooth with implants. The All-On-4 Treatment concept uses only four implants, placed in strategic positions with naturally sufficient bone mass. These implants serve as a firm base and support for a permanent denture.
Since All-On-4 requires just four dental implants, it is very cost-effective, allowing you to save more while restoring your beautiful smile with less effort. Furthermore, these implants ensure that your bone density is preserved, and you do not suffer bone loss. With All-On-4, you do not need lengthy additional surgical procedures, to achieve your results. Also, since they are not traditional dentures, they provide much more comfort, while allowing you to eat choice meals and speak effectively.
As the perfect option for replacing several missing teeth, implant-supported dentures combine the efficiency of dental implants and the comfortability dentures provide. Implant-supported dentures are typical dentures that are designed individually for a patient and supported with fused dental implants. Typically, dentures are placed on the gums for support. They easily shift in the mouth and may require some effort to confidently eat and talk with them. However, implant-supported dentures eliminate all of those troubles and keep your replacement teeth intact in your mouth.
Implant-supported could be removable or permanently fixed. Both options are designed to improve your smile, restore your oral abilities and provide a pleasing esthetic, all for the comfort of a patient. They are much more affordable in relation to the advantages they offer. Implant-supported dentures function like your natural teeth, as they preserve your bone density and gum tissues.
Replacing a single missing tooth has never been easier. Even though some patients tend to overlook it, missing one tooth can cause a number of oral health issues. From loss of support and alignment for surrounding teeth to an awkward-looking smile, losing a single tooth can take its toll on the confidence of a patient. Thankfully, dental implants can be employed to replace the complete tooth without having to trouble or reshape any adjacent teeth. With a dental implant placed in the jawbone, a permanent artificial crown is placed on the implant post, simulating a complete functioning tooth.
Unlike other replacement options, single tooth dental implants do not tamper with your existing natural teeth. Single tooth dental implants also prevent loss of jawbone density as it restores the stimulation needed for the jawbone to keep growing. Moreover, if good oral hygiene is maintained, a single tooth implant can last a patient for a lifetime.
If you are missing a significant number of teeth, there is no need to worry as dental implants allow for a restoration that is less invasive, yet long-lasting. Replacing multiple missing teeth is a lot easier and affordable with implant-supported bridges. Fewer dental implants are needed to support the bridge of replacement teeth. These implants are placed in the jawbone, where they are fused into place and held securely by integrating with the jawbone. After healing, a dental bridge that spans the area of missing teeth is securely placed on the implants.
Using an implant-supported bridge guarantees that the natural teeth surrounding the implants are kept intact. Implant-supported bridges do not require support from neighboring teeth, so no damage or modification is done to the surrounding teeth. You can also count on their durability, as they are deeply rooted in the jawbone for support. The high success rates of the dental implant procedure coupled with their requirements of minimal extra care provide you with a long-lasting replacement for multiple missing teeth.
Patients who may not be able to get dental implants do not have to entirely give up. Mini dental implants provide most of the benefits of an actual dental implant with even less pain and a much quicker restoration process. Mini dental implants are smaller implant posts that do not need to be completely inserted into the jawbone. They have the same structure as implants, but they are a lot smaller and include an end that is shaped like a ball. This part protrudes from the jawbone to hold the permanent crown in place.
Mini dental implants are perfect for patients who cannot undergo the invasive surgical procedure required for an actual dental implant. Patients who do not have sufficient jawbone to support a full implant too can enjoy the benefits of a mini dental implant. They are affordable, comfortable, easy to care for, and may require as little as a single appointment to be done.
If dentures are more your style, but you cannot get over their removable nature, then permanent dentures are perfect for you. Permanent dentures are dentures that are fixed to previously placed dental implants. Small implant posts are placed surgically inside your upper or lower jawbone and are held in place as the jawbone grows and heals around them. These dentures are securely fixed to the implant, and they feel just like your natural teeth. Like other variations of implant-supported prosthetics, permanent dentures can be used to replace a few or more missing teeth.
Once placed, they sit perfectly in your mouth with zero risk of shifting and falling out. You do not have to worry about removing them every night like traditional dentures, or even losing them. Cleaning them is much easier, as you can do that as you brush your mouth. In addition, you can keep your facial appearance at all times, while eating and enjoying your favorite meals.
A successful implant procedure requires patients to have adequate bone mass. However, patients may have suffered bone loss from trauma, or the inability to replace missing teeth for a while. When patients lack sufficient bone mass, our professionals may recommend a bone grafting procedure. This procedure helps us to replace the missing bone, by taking bone from another source and adding it to the jawbone. This helps the jawbone regenerate and regain its density.
Bone grafting does not only restores your jawbone density, it also enhances your facial appearance after the jawbone regains its shape. Bone grafts also eliminate risk of problems that may arise from loss of bone density such as bacterial infections or teeth misalignments.
Patients who need dental implants in their upper jaw, but lack adequate bone density there may require a sinus lift procedure. Our professionals use this procedure to regenerate damaged or resorbed upper jawbone. In this procedure, we graft bone from a pre-selected source and add this to the jawbone. The sinus membrane is lifted to allow room for the bone graft.
Sinus lifts give patients who have suffered periodontal diseases a chance to receive dental implants. This procedure allows adequate space for a dental implant after the maxillary sinus has been moved. With a sinus lift, you can get the long-lasting benefits of dental implant restoration.
While dental implants offer a variety of solutions, choosing the most suitable one for your missing teeth restoration would require a detailed examination of your dental health as well as your medical records. To learn if you are a candidate for any dental implant restoration, speak to Summerbrook Dental Group experts today, by calling us at 720-882-9988 to schedule your next consultation. We will meet or beat competitor pricing!