Dental implants are currently the best option to replace missing and broken teeth. Americans are living longer than ever and oftentimes they cannot maintain their natural smiles for the entirety of their life. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root in the shape of a post that is strategically positioned in the jawbone. Dental implants are typically made of titanium (the same material many hip and knee replacements are made of) and are usually well tolerated by the human body. After the implant post is placed, a replacement tooth is attached to the post.
If you have lost one or more teeth as a result of injury or disease, dental implants could help rejuvenate your smile and allow you to eat comfortably. State-of-the-art equipment and techniques along with sedation options help ensure safety, precision, and comfort.
Why Do I Need a Dental Implant?
When you lose one or more teeth it is imperative to consider replacement options. Not only can losing a tooth be painful and unhealthy, it can also affect your self-confidence. Missing teeth can make you hesitant to smile and unable to speak and eat as you did before. Of all the options available today to replace missing teeth, dental implants feel the most natural. Dental implants also help prevent deterioration of the surrounding bone and mimic your natural tooth structure.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implant overdentures (also called click-in or snap-in dentures) are a cost-effective alternative to traditional dentures that utilizes strategically placed implants for added retention. Snap-in dentures are removable by the patient for easy cleaning, but offer superior stability when compared to conventional dentures. Dental implants can eliminate the need for the palate portion of top dentures (the part that covers the roof of the mouth), thus helping to reduce gagging sensation. It can also aid in the ability to taste food. Overdentures can also make loose lower dentures more stable, keeping them from floating around in your mouth. Click-in overdentures can help to increase your confidence, comfort, and function, thereby greatly increasing your quality of life.
It is not uncommon for infected teeth to cause bone loss in surrounding areas. For this reason it is often necessary to have a bone graft placed in the affected site in order to help restore the defect from the sick tooth/teeth. The bone graft is usually done at the same time the tooth is removed and allowed to heal for 4-6 months prior to dental implant placement.
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