What are the Advantages of Using Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth?
Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are high-tech in nature, but actually end up saving more of the original tooth than traditional bridgework because they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants have the same look and feel of natural teeth. This makes it unlikely that anyone will ever notice that you have a replacement tooth. Because implants integrate into the structure of your bone, these restorations also prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.
Bridgework will often alter the neighboring teeth that are used to support the restoration. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not sacrifice the quality of any adjacent teeth. Dental implants provide an overall benefit to your oral health because more of your own teeth are left untouched.
Dental implants effectively restore the natural sensation of eating and speaking. They will allow you to regain the confidence that often diminishes after serious oral issues. Implants also provide a firm fit that is generally superior to the occasional looseness and shifting of dentures. Choosing dental implants also means you won’t have to worry about losing dentures or dealing with their messy pastes and glues.
Dental implants are widely considered a fantastic option for tooth replacement due to their very high rate of success.
What are the benefits to replacing missing teeth?
Dental implants are designed specifically to create replacement teeth that look, feel and function as close to natural teeth as possible. Patients that have lost teeth will find that dental implants allow them to once again eat practically anything and smile again with confidence. Implants also help to preserve the facial structure by preventing bone deterioration, which is common when teeth are missing. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone.
Dental implants are helping people rediscover comfort and confidence in many of the aspects of life we tend to take for granted—eating, speaking, laughing and smiling. You might be surprised at how dramatically dental implants can change the way you live!
What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Consist of?
The first step of the process is surgery to place the anchor. Surgery can take as long as several hours, and, in some situations, a second surgery is required so that a post can be attached that will connect the anchor to the replacement teeth. In other implants, however, the anchor and post are already attached and can be placed during the same appointment.
Following surgery, it can take up to six months for the bone to grow around the anchor, creating a firm hold that will serve as a solid foundation. After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.
Implant surgery can be done in the dental office and either a local or general anesthetic is often used. Dr. Tanner will take the time to instruct you on how to maintain a proper diet and good oral hygiene following the surgery.
How Do You Know What the Best Course of Action is for Replacing a Missing Tooth?
Dental implants provide the option to permanently solve the problems caused by lost or damaged teeth. If you are interested in restoring your smile, we will be happy to discuss with you all of the options and which of them might be the best fit for you. We specialize in dental implant procedures, so contact us and a member of our team will arrange to meet with you at a convenient date for a free, private consultation.
What are Mini-Implants?
Mini Dental Implants are smaller implants that are used to stabilize dentures. The procedure only takes a couple hours and results in minimal discomfort and a faster recovery time. Mini dental implants are a great option for those that have problematic dentures (or other prosthetics).
What Does the Mini-Implant Procedure Consist of?
Dr. Tanner begins by numbing the area, and then using a specialized drill to create the space for the screws. Six mini-implants are typically inserted in the newly drilled holes and then tightened to function as anchors. Your existing denture is then retrofitted with a metal housing for each post. This will allow the denture to snap tightly into place. When the denture is anchored, it will no longer slip or move, effectively eliminating the hassle that comes with loose or otherwise unsatisfactory dentures. The mini-implant procedure causes minimal discomfort and requires almost no recovery time. In many cases, patients are able to eat dinner that very night.