If you could regain the natural aesthetics and functions of your missing tooth, would you? Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, Dr. Crofoot and Dr. Snarr can effectively replace your missing teeth with high-quality dental ceramics and incredibly durable titanium materials. Dental implants are specifically designed to replace both the root and the crown of missing teeth, which is not something that can be said for any other tooth replacement option. Even if you don’t have sufficient bone or gum tisue volume to support the implants, Dr. Crofoot can provide mini-implants as an alternative! Don’t wait for seamless tooth replacement, get your next appointment scheduled by calling our dental office today!
One of the most notable ways in which dental implants stand out is their ability to integrate with the organic bone and soft tissue inside the mouth and jaw. Because implants are surgically placed, rather than designed to be rested on top of gum tissue, they develop an incredibly durable anchor with your jaw. This bonding plays a large part in the long-term benefits dental implants offer. On average, they last anywhere between 25 years and a life without worry.
Furthermore, dental implants function almost identically to natural teeth, whether you’re brushing, flossing or eating your favorite foods. They require no more maintenance than natural teeth do and do not require the removal of existing tooth structure in order to place. Despite all this, the porcelain qualities of the crown combined with the rigid placement of the titanium post make them the most natural-looking solution available in dentistry, not simply the most structurally sound.
Because of the versatile nature of dental implants, you don’t need to settle for a specific type treatment just to get teeth replaced in this way. Consider your options below to better determine which method might work best for you!
Single implants are restored using individual titanium posts and porcelain crowns. Titanium naturally bonds with bone and gum tissue, while porcelain most effectively blends in with neighboring teeth.Learn More
Dental bridges can be customized to fit with dental implants. Two implants sit on either side of the restoration, while a crown sits in between each implant-supported crown. This option is ideal for replacing two or more teeth at a time.
If you want a partial or full denture that carries a more stable foundation, choosing implant-retained alternatives can prove to be incredibly effective. Our dental office can also perform All-On-4 implant-retained dentures, effectively giving you new teeth the same day as your placement. Mini-implants may also be ideal if you do not have sufficient bone volume for traditional implants.
The process of receiving dental implants consists of three stages. These include planning, healing, and restoration. Depending on the type of implant you choose, either Dr. Crofoot or Dr. Snarr will plan your procedure. Dr. Snarr places traditional Nobel Biocare implants, while Crofoot places mini-implants. Both require their own unique set of planning and preparation to ensure success. After the implant and abutment (which is the attachment for the restoration) are placed, the post will require several months of healing as it integrates with your existing oral structures, especially your bone tissue. Once fully healed, a restoration can be placed on top.
There are many different paths you can take when it comes to dental implant treatment. As a result, the cost of your treatment will vary depending on your needs. For example, if you require preliminary services like bone grafts or periodontal therapy to make implants viable, your costs will be higher. Additionally, those who intend on replacing a full arch with an implant-retained denture can expect higher costs compared to those replacing teeth via a single implant. Keep in mind that dental implants are meant to be a long-term investment that lasts for several decades. Because of this longevity, you can expect cost-effective benefits that you won’t find with traditional bridges nor dentures.
Even after reading all about dental implants, you probably have some questions. After all, implants involve complicated procedures and are a major investment in your smile. That’s why, for your convenience, we have assembled some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about dental implants and answered them below. If you have a dental implant questions that you don’t see answered here, feel free to contact us.
Yes, but there are some risks involved. For a few months after you get dental implants placed, your jawbone actually grows around the implant posts in a process called osseointegration. Using tobacco slows down all of the oral healing processes, including osseointegration. Because of this, if you continue to smoke after getting your implant, you have a higher risk of implant failure. If you have been looking for a reason to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, then getting dental implants would definitely be it.
Yes, but like with smoking, there is a higher risk of implant failure, especially if your diabetes is poorly managed. Failure to control your blood sugar levels can hinder your body’s ability to heal and fight off infections, both of which are crucial to the success of your dental implants. If you’re diabetic and considering getting implants, talk to your doctor first about how to better manage your blood sugar.
Most patients report experiencing very minimal discomfort during the dental implant procedure, thanks to a combination of local anesthetic and possible sedation. In fact, many patients claim that implant placement hurts significantly less than having a tooth extracted. You may experience some soreness for a few days afterwards, as with any surgical procedure. However, your dentist should prescribe some pain relievers to help alleviate your discomfort. Take them as directed on the bottle.
When it comes to the success of dental implants, the amount of jawbone mass that you have is crucial. If you don’t have enough jawbone mass to support an implant, you will probably experience implant failure. The longer you have been suffering through tooth loss, the more your jawbone will have deteriorated due to lack of stimulation from the tooth roots. This is why a bone graft is necessary. Through this procedure, we will graft artificial bone tissue onto your jawbone and allow it to heal. Within a few months, your jawbone should be strong enough to support dental implants.
It depends on how complex your surgery is. For example, if you are only getting one implant placed, and are receiving very little sedation, you might be able to resume your day afterwards. However, if your procedure is more complicated, we might recommend getting two to three days of rest before going back to work or school.
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