Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our doctors are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of 8-10 weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed.
There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedure.
What types of prostheses are available?
Dental implants are an best method to replace teeth with a variety of prosthetic options. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or can be used to provide support for a fixed bridge that replaces several missing teeth.
Dental implants can provide support for loose removable partial dentures and complete dentures. Many patients have decided to replace their removable prosthesis entirely with a fixed bridge solely supported by dental implants.
Once the implants are in place, they may serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy (brushing and flossing) and keep up with check-up exams, x-rays and hygiene maintenance.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance dental implants look and feel like your own teeth
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants may allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip
- Improved comfort. Dental implants may eliminate the discomfort and gagging associated with removable dentures
- Easier eating. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile, and help you feel better about yourself
- Improved oral health. Dental implants do not require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene
- Durability. Implants are very durable and may last many years. With good care, implants may last a lifetime
- Preserve alveolar (jaw) bone and facial structures. Loss of teeth allows gradual bone resorption and atrophy
- Dental implants help prevent further bone loss
What is the percentage of success for dental implants?
Success rates vary, depending on several factors. In general, dental implants may have success rates above 98% and with proper care, may last a lifetime.
Are there any contraindications to getting dental implants?
In general anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure is a candidate for dental implants. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. Patients must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area will need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
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