What Are Dental Implants?
The reason dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacement is that they do what no other restorative procedure can: give you back your entire tooth from root to crown. Most other treatments only serve to recreate the tooth above the gum line, but dental implants take it a step further.
Your new tooth root will be a small titanium post that is surgically placed directly into your jawline. This not only provides an extremely sturdy base for your tooth, but it also gives your jaw the essential support it needs to maintain its shape and strength over time. This root can then be attached to a variety of dental restorations that can restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire mouthful of teeth. Basically, if you have gaps in your smile, dental implants can fill them better than anything else. The end result will always be a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Strength: Most other restorative treatments (crowns, bridges, and dentures) are held in place with just natural suction, small metal clasps, or even your own damaged teeth! With dental implants, titanium makes sure that once you have your new teeth placed, they won’t be going anywhere.
Style: The restorations used to replace the visible part of your teeth will be primarily made of dental porcelain. This material has the strength and durability of natural enamel, and it can even be sculpted to perfectly mimic a tooth’s shape, size, and color. The only person who will know it’s not a real tooth, is you!
Versatility: Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even an entire mouthful of teeth. No matter which restoration you get, you’ll receive all of the long term medical and cosmetic benefits they have to offer.
Longevity: Because dental implants support your jaw just like your natural teeth, they will help maintain its shape and strength for decades to come, giving you sustained oral health throughout your life. Plus, the implants themselves can easily last for 30 years or more, meaning that for many patients, they are the last replacement procedure they’ll ever need.
What Is the Dental Implant Procedure Like?
We’re happy to say we can perform the entire dental implant procedure right here at D&G Dental. Other offices will need to refer you to an outside specialist for the first phase of treatment, but we’d rather bring the specialist to you! This helps the entire process go faster and ensures a much better result. Once we have decided that you are a good candidate for dental implants (more information about this in the FAQ), the process involves 3 main phases:
Placement: This is a minor surgical procedure where Dr. Ghobadi will make a small incision in your gums and place the implant post(s) directly into your jawbone. Before this, he will take a variety of scans and x-rays using a cone beam scanner to make a surgical plan customized to your exact needs and wants. Most patients only need local anesthesia for the procedure to be virtually painless, and Dr. Ghobadi is also a specialist in IV sedation if you need it.
Healing: Afterward, you’ll be given 4-6 months for your gums and jaw to heal. The actual recovery from the procedure only takes about a week, so this period of time is mostly to let the new posts naturally bond to the surrounding bone. This is a process called osseointegration, and it’s just another way dental implants make sure your new teeth will be permanent. While you are healing, you’ll wear a temporary restoration so that you’ll never be without teeth.
Restoration: At your final appointment, one of our doctors will place your final restoration, and then your new smile is ready for the world! We always love seeing the expression on patients’ faces when they look at themselves in the mirror for the first time.
How Dental Implants Restore Missing Teeth
Single Missing Tooth
A custom made, all-porcelain crown will be placed onto the root using a tiny screw called an abutment. It will be shaped to perfectly match your other teeth and specially shaded to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Entire Arch of Missing Teeth
For this, we can use multiple implant posts to support an implant-retained denture. These prosthetics have innumerable benefits over traditional dentures. Thanks to the implant posts, they never slip, pop, or click unexpectedly. Also, because they help keep your jaw and gums healthy, the fit will last for much, much longer. Plus, the stability allows for a much stronger bite force, meaning patients will be able to eat foods they had to avoid while wearing normal dentures. This is often their greatest benefit because traditional denture patients often become malnourished because they have to avoid hearty/healthy foods
Multiple Options for Missing Teeth
This prosthetic is ideal for replacing multiple consecutive missing teeth. It is much more stable than its traditional counterpart because it is held in place with titanium, and it also preserves more of your natural teeth. This is because the teeth surrounding the missing ones don’t have to be filed down to hold supporting crowns.
Implant-Retained Partial Denture
This can be used to restore missing teeth throughout the entire mouth. They provide the same restorative benefits of traditional dentures with the added support of dental implants. Many dentists completely avoid using traditional partial dentures because they are often uncomfortable and put pressure on the remaining teeth. With this implant-retained model, they are held in place with the new roots and fit easily into your smile.
Meet Your Implant Dentists
Thanks to dental implants, your days with missing teeth are now numbered. Before you know it, you’ll have a smile you’re eager to show off and you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods again. To start getting them, all you have to do is contact our office today. You’ll be amazed at what we can do for your smile!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q) How do dental implants work?
Q) Why are dental implants better than traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures?
Q) How do I know if I’m a good candidate for dental implants?
Q) How long does it take to get dental implants?
Q) How long can dental implants last?
Q) How much does a dental implant cost?
- How many implant posts you need
- What kind of restoration you want
- If you have any insurance coverage/financing
When compared to other restorative treatments, dental implants tend to be the better long-term financial investment. While they might cost more than traditional treatments upfront, they will last much longer and provide many additional health benefits. Often, traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures will need to be replaced every 7-10 years, while dental implants can easily last for 30+.