Missing teeth can adversely affect your quality of life by making it hard to chew and by affecting your self-confidence. Dental implants increase your quality of life. They give you the ability to chew and smile confidently with life-like teeth that look completely natural.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth. An implant is a high-tech tooth replacement made from a biocompatible substance. It’s the closest thing to a natural tooth available in modern dentistry today.
The implant consists of a titanium post that functions as a tooth root, and a porcelain restoration that looks like a natural tooth.
Replacing a single missing tooth
A single implant is the best solution for replacing a single missing tooth
A single missing tooth can be replaced with an ordinary bridge or a dental implant. An ordinary bridge has the disadvantage that the adjacent teeth have to be prepared for crowns to support the bridge.
A dental implant single-tooth restoration avoids the need for the dentist to alter adjacent teeth and also replaces the support that’s been lost due to the missing tooth. And, unlike conventional bridges, a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant will prevent the bone loss associated with missing teeth.
Most importantly, the embarrassing gap in your smile will be gone. And you’ll have a natural-looking tooth that will let you smile freely and aid you in ongoing good oral health, too.
Replacing multiple missing teeth
There are basically three types of multiple-tooth replacement using dental implants:
- Dentures supported by implants.
- The teeth in one day procedure.
- Implant-supported bridges.
Two or more dental implants per arch snap into specially fitted dentures. This option stabilizes dentures and improves chewing ability.
Teeth in One Day Procedure
One method of replacing multiple missing teeth is to use dental implants to replace each tooth. The teeth in one day procedure uses 4 to 6 implants to fix in new acrylic or porcelain teeth in one surgical visit.
The most natural tooth replacement option, returning practically full chewing power to the patient.
Unlike dentures, bridges are permanently fixed in place and act very similar to your natural teeth. If you have missing teeth, an alternative to multiple single implants is a bridge supported by implants.
Using one or more implant-supported bridges to replace missing teeth keeps costs down and makes getting replacement teeth more affordable. If you have three to four missing teeth in a row, for example, we can create a bridge by placing two implants and using them to anchor that bridge.
For those with missing teeth, gaps in your smile can be fixed with partial dentures. These can be secured with metal attachments anchored to your natural teeth.
Replacing all your teeth
The conventional way to replace a full set of missing teeth has been to use full dentures. But dentures tend to slip and move around. And they can be very uncomfortable and painful, making eating a difficult and unpleasant experience.
Dentures do not stop the problem of bone loss, either. That’s why long-time denture wearers often look older than they really are due to the loss of bone in their jaws
Our Dental Implant procedure
Cone Beam CT Scan
The first step in the process to receiving dental implants is a 3D Cone Beam CT scanner, which captures a precise 360 degree image of your head. This X-ray allows us to create a detailed surgical plan for maximum efficiency and accuracy.
Planning the case
Next, we will use the digital X-ray images to plan the implant procedure. A surgical guide is also made from the X-rays.
We use a surgical guide for precision implant surgery. The surgical guide ensures that the implant is placed at the exact angle and depth that is required for the optimum positioning of the implant.