Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental Implant.Implants are a small, screw-shaped titanium post. They are used to replace the root-part of a missing tooth. The procedure to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth will be placed over the implant. Implants are successful over 95% of the time! In fact, implant succuss rate is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option. Your new dental implant will also never get many of the problems, like cavities, that natural teeth are susceptible to.

 

Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants

Implants can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways. They can be used to:

Dental Implants Replace One Tooth.Replace A Single Tooth — For one missing tooth, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. In fact, the cost of a single implant is now comparable to a traditional 3 unit bridge! An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there. Often, the implant can even be placed the same day that the natural tooth is removed. 

 

Dental Implants Replace Multiple Teeth.Bridges — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can support a bridge similar to what is routinely done on natural teeth. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won't need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.

 

Dental Implants Replace All Teeth.Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. It's comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won't slip, and should last a lifetime.

CONUS® is an amazing new option which is costs significantly less than traditional "All of 4" options, has other added benefits making it the treatment option of choice for most edentulous patients. Ask about this outstanding treatment today! 

 

Dental Implants Support Removable Dentures.Support Removable Dentures — If the cost of CONUS®or All on 4®is too great, implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. With implants we can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them. Miniature implants can often be used affording you the benefits of having implants at over half the cost! 

 

Implant Care and Maintenance

Though implants are extremely successful, they can still fail. There are primarily two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces. Poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, are critical to prevent this. Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. You should receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a nightguard will be recommended to protect your implants. Protecting your investment by preventing future problems is a routine part of our treatment planning and will allow you to enjoy your implants for years to come. 

Are you interested in dental implants?
Call Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ at (928) 772-8128 to learn more!

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