Dentures have the tendency to slip while eating or speaking making them quite uncomfortable in these situations. With dental implants you won’t have that problem since they are secured directly to your jawbone.
Poorly fitted dentures or bridges will create areas where plaque can accumulate, which can result in gum disease or tooth decay for nearby teeth. This problem is eliminated with dental implants because just like in natural teeth, implants provide easy access to spaces between teeth allowing you to clean them regularly.
With the absence of your natural teeth, your jawbone structure will begin to shrink in order to close off any gaps caused by missing roots. This deterioration of the jawbone will in turn cause your face to age rapidly. Dental implants fill these gaps with artificial titanium roots preserving your jawbone structure and appearance.
As long as they are properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime without needing a replacement. Even though the initial cost may be higher for dental implants, in the long run it will be more cost efficient than the replacement costs associated with dentures and bridges.
With dental implants you will be able to preserve the appearance of your face and jawbone structure, speak and chew without difficulty and properly care for your oral hygiene. This long lasting solution for tooth loss and tooth decay will not only feel natural, it will restore the confidence that you had prior to experiencing tooth loss.
Dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth, having a root which is fully integrated into the jawbone and a dental crown for a natural look. Prior to beginning the dental implant procedure, a CT scan of the jawbone is required to ensure that the jaw and facial structure doesn’t get damaged during or after the procedure.
To create the artificial root, a small titanium screw is carefully placed into the jaw bone and secured through a process known as osseointegration. This process is complete when there is no more relative movement between the titanium screw and the jawbone. Once the artificial root is secured to the jawbone, a dental post is used to secure a dental crown for a seamless and natural tooth restoration.
Whether you want to restore one tooth, or all of your teeth, dental implants will give the best results every time. For restoring an entire arch of teeth, check out our all-on-4 dental implant procedure – a simplified procedure which only uses four titanium implants to secure an entire arch of artificial teeth.
In some rare cases, an implant may not properly fuse to the bone due to a buildup of fibrous tissue around the implant or due to an infection. In either case, the implant will be removed and time will be given for the site to heal before our dentist can place another dental implant.
After receiving your titanium implants it will take anywhere from two to nine months for the implants to fuse to your jawbone completely. This is extremely important to ensure that the jawbone remains strong and the implants don’t move out of place. Once this process is complete, the crowns will be attached, completing your brand new smile.
Dental implant surgery times can vary depending on the number of implants, location of implants and complexity of your specific situation. In most cases, the dental implant procedure should take less than one hour.
Every insurance provider is different and thus classifies dental implants differently. In most cases, dental implants are considered a cosmetic surgery by insurance providers, meaning that most will not cover dental implants. We advise you to call your insurance company to make sure, as some of them will offer partial reimbursement for dental implants.
Fow those that have a deteriorated jawbone for implants, there are two options:
1. The Tilted Implant Approach – some people who have a diminishing jawbone, but still just enough for implants, can get what is known as tilted implants where the titanium implant is placed into the jawbone on an angle to allow for more bone to implant contact.
2. Bone Augmentation – for people who have lost a significant amount of their jawbone volume, they can have the width and height of the jawbone increased through a process known as bine grafting where bone, or bone like material, is added to the jawbone. This process requires a waiting period of four to nine months for the grafted material to fuse to the current jawbone, making it strong enough to insert dental implants.
It is rare for problems to arise from dental implants with risks and complications occurring in less than five percent of cases. For patients with medical conditions such as diabetes, carcinoma and periodontal diseases, however, additional treatments will be required prior to the dental implant procedure to ensure optimal results.
Like any other surgical procedure, dental implants can cause some level of discomfort for patients, usually in the form of anxiety or fear. For this reason City Square Dental offers several sedation options to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you.
If you have good oral health and have lost a tooth, or several teeth, due to an accident, aging or gum disease, dental implants will be the best option for restoring your smile. A special evaluation will be required in some circumstances such as those suffering from a chronic disease, alcohol abuse or heavy smoking.