If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to us to see if dental implants are an option for you.
It would be so much easier for millions of people if replacing teeth was simply a matter of finding new ones and popping them in place. Of course it’s a bit more involved than that, whether you opt for traditional dentures or dental implants.
Dental implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth and are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Why Consider Dental Implants
Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. While these are all serious issues, did you know that tooth loss also leads to bone loss?
How can dental implants change my life?
Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function similar to natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you are used to. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
- Improved appearance: When you lose entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn’t.
- Maintained natural teeth: With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
- Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after installation. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
Can you place a dental implant for me in your office?
Our team at Creating Smiles Dental is skilled at providing all phases of implant services, from bone grafting procedures, dental implant placement, and implant restorations of all types, whether for a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
I already have a dental implant. Will Creating Smiles Dental know how to work with my implant?
Creating Smiles Dental is well-acquainted with a variety of implant systems. If you able to call the office where you had the implant placed, tell them your new implant dentist will need to know what type of implant was placed. They should be able to provide the appropriate information to you.
Normal Profile After Tooth Loss After Bone Loss
Dental Implant Therapy
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it begins to shrink (or atrophy) and becomes brittle from lack of exercise. Not only does losing a tooth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- replaces missing teeth
- maintains bone*
- maintains your youthful appearance
- restores your natural smile
Bone Grafting for Socket Preservation
Your doctor may recommend a bone grafting procedure to help restore your jaw bone to a level suitable for dental implants. View illustrations of procedures below and discuss the details of your recommended procedure with your doctor.
- After Extraction
When your doctor removes a damaged tooth, it leaves behind a void where the tooth was. Bone loss occurs without the tooth present to stimulate the jaw bone.
- Socket Grafting With Allograft Bone
Your doctor may choose to place some allograft bone graft material in the void left behind. This will promote bone growth.
- Healing Phase
The bone graft material provides the structure for your body’s cells to migrate to the void and remodel the graft into your own bone tissue. After healing your jaw bone will better support dental implants.
Individual Tooth Options
Individual missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants without altering your healthy adjacent teeth. Once dental implants are placed, posts (or abutments) are attached, providing support for your final crowns.
- Dental Implants with a Crown
- attractive smile
- full chewing ability
- preserve healthy teeth and jawbone
- maintains bone*
- Traditional Crown and Bridge
- attractive smile
- grinds down healthy teeth
- may lead to bone loss under bridge
- greater risk for cavities and tooth failure
- Untreated Missing Teeth
- unattractive smile
- loss of chewing ability
- may lead to bone loss
What to Expect
Your dental professional will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine implant position. Occasionally, a bone graft or gum tissue graft will be needed to create an adequate site for the dental implants.
- Implant Placement
Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. We recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.The bone and gums will be given time to heal before an abutment and crown are attached.
The bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
- Crown Placement
Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, we will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants.