Why choose dental implants?
- To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- To resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- To restore a patient’s confident smile!
- To restore the ability to eat and speak without loose dentures.
- Saves bone and surrounding teeth.
- To restore or enhance facial tissues.
- To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
An implant is a small metal anchor that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After a minimally invasive surgery, an artificial tooth is attached to the implant, enabling normal function and natural tooth appearance.
Missing teeth? You are not alone!
- 69% of adults between the ages of 35-44 have lost one or more of their permanent teeth.
- More than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.
- Tooth loss happens from decay and gum disease, and as a result of injury, cancer or simply wear.
Why you should not ignore missing or damaged teeth…
Tooth loss can have effects on your:
- Physical health
- Esthetic appearance
.... Compromising your quality of life!
You can do something about it!
Whenever teeth are lost for any reason, it is important to talk to a periodontal professional about tooth replacement options.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
What types of prosthesis are available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today!
During your consultation, Dr. Kennedy will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.