If you have recently dealt with an injury or disease that affected your oral health, there are options available to recover the
smile you once had. You may even be able to achieve a better smile than the one you had. Dental implants make it possible to renew your smile if you have lost some teeth. There are several options when it comes to dental implants, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced: just one tooth or several teeth in a row.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is a metal post, usually made of titanium, which replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. Your dentist will then place a replacement tooth to the post, which can be permanently attached or removable. Permanent replacement teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
An idea candidate for dental implants:
- Is a non-smoker
- Has maintained good oral health
- Has healthy gums with no signs of gum disease
Single or Multiple Dental Implants
[image: implant bridge]Dental implants are very versatile. If you’re missing one tooth, one implant and one replacement tooth will take care of your problem. If you’re missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants. Dental Implants vs. Dentures and Bridges
Unlike dental implants, bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone. This can result in them being unstable, making it difficult to eat or smile with the confidence you want. Dental implants look, feel, and act more natural, just like your natural teeth. They also have a stronger biting force. Implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, which is definitely an advantage since this means they won’t compromise the health of your surrounding healthy teeth. Implants are also likely to last a lifetime, whereas bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years and even less if a root canal is required. Taking Care of Your Dental Implants
Your new dental implants should be treated just like natural teeth. They require brushing and flossing at least twice every day and regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. The better you take care of your implants, the more likely they truly will last you a lifetime.
Dealing with missing teeth?
Dental implants are a great alternative to dental bridges and dentures because they offer a permanent way to restore your smile. Not only do they improve your appearance and increase your self-confidence, but they are also comfortable and easy to take care of since they feel and function just like natural teeth.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implants
The full dental implant procedure is a two part process: placing the post (or implant) in the gums and then placing the natural-looking restoration on top. Horizon Dental Care offers start-to-finish dental implant services, so unlike some other dental practices, we are able to complete the entire process in our office. You won’t need to be referred out to complete your treatment and reclaim your smile!
Dental implants aren’t just used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can also help stabilize dentures for a comfortable fit! Regular dentures rest on top of the gums and are held in place with adhesives, while implant-supported dentures have special attachments that connect to implants. This works for both dentures in the upper and lower jaw, and in either case, you will still be able to take the dentures out to clean them overnight.
By using dental implants alongside your dentures, you’ll enjoy a much more stable fit that makes it easier for you to speak and chew. No more worrying about your denture slipping or falling out!
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
While we will need to bring you in for an evaluation to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants, there are a few qualifications you can consider. You must have healthy gums, a good oral hygiene routine, and enough bone volume to place the implant. If you are pregnant, a heavy smoker, or have a chronic disease, such as uncontrolled diabetes, then you may not be deemed a good candidate.
We are happy to schedule a consultation with you so we can look over your medical and patient history and examine your mouth and teeth. If you do not qualify for dental implants, don’t worry. We can provide you with other suitable tooth replacement options.