People with failing or missing teeth know the emotional pain that can come from smiling, a human act that should create happiness…but instead often causes shame and embarrassment.
While there are various methods and treatments for really problematic teeth, implants can be the best solution for many patients.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a fixture used in tooth-replacement treatment. Unlike a bridge or denture, dental implant treatment restores the complete tooth, including the root. The implant consists of a tiny post, which is inserted into the jawbone. It also has an abutment, which connects the post to the crown, bridge, or denture.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Nearly any adult who is missing a tooth or teeth can be a candidate for dental implant treatment. The best outcomes are achieved in healthy patients who do not smoke. Health conditions such as cancer, periodontal disease, and uncontrolled diabetes can hinder bone from fusing to the implant. We conduct a thorough consultation and examination to help patients determine if they are a good candidate for dental implants.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants offer the same look and function of your teeth and assures the natural appearance of perfect teeth.
Implants are a huge improvement over typical dentures or old school bridges.
Dental implants can be more comfortable, perform better, and last longer!
Dental implants not only look natural and beautiful, they also allow improvement of speech, and will not cause slurring or impede your speech like some ill-fitting dental appliances could often cause.
Unlike dentures, implant patients can brush and floss normally.
You can undergo a single tooth procedure, which can be the best way to replace an extracted tooth or a damaged/diseased tooth.
You can also replace multiple teeth if needed. Multiple teeth can be replaced or restored with implant bridges or multiple individual dental implants.
All on dental implants, or mini-dental implants can be the best choice for full upper or lower smiles. All-on implants can normally be utilized without the need for bone grafting, and can be the preferred alternative to dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures. The old-fashioned dentures may not fit right due to improper placement, or may hurt due to movements. Implant dentures (Stabilized dentures) may be the perfect alternative.
They can be popped-in and out, or placed as permanent. Sometimes, your dentures can be adapted to be reinforced by implants or mini-dental implants.
“Dr Bidabadi is the goddess of dentistry. I have been been going to see her since 1990. She is meticulous, and has the deepest concern for your overall health. She takes the time to sit down and listen to your dental problems. She has the nicest, thorough and knowledgeable hygienists.”
– Don P., Boston, MA
Here’s the most important advantage for implant patients:
Your Smile Will Feel Natural, Look Beautiful And Engage Others In A Way You May Not Have Experienced In Decades!
Yes, there are many critical medical benefits that come with your new implants. But as important as they are…most patients are thrilled with being able to show a bright, winning smile that other people are inherently attracted to!
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Dental implant treatment was borne of the discovery that bone would fuse to titanium. This is the primary material used to manufacture dental implants. When they are placed in the jawbone, the surrounding bone tissue gradually grows around the post. Natural bone bonds to the titanium implant as if it were bone, also. This integration is what makes dental implants so stable and long-lasting.
The titanium post is beneath the gums. The visible portion of the restoration, the crown, bridge, or denture, is made of porcelain or another durable material that mimics natural enamel. Artificial teeth are crafted to fit seamlessly into the smile.
What to Expect During Dental Implant Procedure
There are several steps involved in the dental implant restoration process. The first is a full evaluation with a qualified dentist. This evaluation generally includes a dental examination, gum examination, and dental x-rays. Other specialists, such as a periodontist, may be involved in preparing the mouth for dental implants if there is infection, gum disease, or other conditions.
Depending on the situation, the dentist may schedule tooth extraction to support the best outcome from treatment. Some patients require bone grafting to build up the jawbone. Without sufficient bone structure, there is a risk of implant failure.
The dental implant procedure is performed using local anesthesia. To place the implant, the dentist makes a tiny cut in the gums. The implant post is inserted into the bone. The gum tissue is then replaced over the implant to protect it through its integration phase.
After some time, the implant is uncovered and the abutment is connected. The abutment secures the crown or other restoration to the implant. This minor procedure involves local anesthesia. Patients feel only a little pressure.
The final step is to affix the restoration to the abutment. This may be done at the same time the abutment is inserted or a few weeks later. Once the restoration is in place, the smile is restored to its natural appearance and functionality.
How Long Is The Dental Implant Procedure?
It may take less than an hour to insert a single dental implant. More complex cases involving multiple implant posts may take a few hours. Your dentist will discuss how long you should expect to be in the office on the day of your procedure.
What to Expect After The Dental Implant Procedure
After the procedure, you will feel like you never lost your teeth as there is no discomfort, pain or misaligned bite. Nothing left but a natural, attractive and reassuring smile!
Dental implant patients are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life without embarrassment.
Are Dental Implants Permanent?
Dental implants are designed to last indefinitely. Complications rarely occur. Studies indicate that the average lifespan of a dental implant is at least 25 years. Proper care is essential to long-term dental implant function. After treatment, implants are influenced by your general health and lifestyle and how well you take care of your teeth and gums. Even when all natural teeth are replaced, oral care is crucial to ongoing gum health.
The Potential Risks of Dental Implants
Dental implant treatment is similar to any surgical procedure, so has some risks. These are minor and rarely occur. However, patients should understand that there is a chance of:
- Infection around the implant
- Implant rejection or failure
- Injury to the jaw, blood vessels, or surrounding teeth
- Injury to the sinus cavity from implants placed in the upper jaw
The risks associated with dental implant treatment can be reduced when an experienced dentist performs the procedure. Patients also decrease risks by following pre- and post-op care instructions.
Choose Soft-Touch Dentistry for Your Implant Treatment
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry could be the choice for you, here’s what we offer at Soft-Touch Dentistry:
A Comprehensive, No-Cost, No Obligation Cosmetic Dentistry Exam. This Exam Normally Costs $180, And Is Totally FREE! The Exam Includes The Following Services:
- A full mouth review of your teeth
- Provide you with an assessment and options.
- Will examine any recent X-Rays that you bring in.
- The health of your gums will be examined
During the exam, your specific concerns, desires and considerations will be addressed by your doctor. We can then make the proper recommendations for you, so you can make an educated decision whether implants are right for you.
Don’t hesitate any longer. You’ve spent enough years with a missing tooth in your smile or a wired partial and in discomfort. Now is the time to regain your smile and enjoy a resurgence of your confidence, enthusiasm and happiness! Schedule an appointment today by visiting our contact page.