Tooth loss can hamper the look and function of our smile. But thanks to modern dentistry, getting replacements that are as good as your natural teeth is now possible. Dental Implants are a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. An implant is essentially a screw-like material made of titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It fuses with the bone to become a part of your oral structure and act as a fixed tooth root. Prosthetic teeth such as crowns, bridges or dentures can be placed on top of the implant to restore the function and structure of your smile.
Implants are highly stable and supportive restorations that offer several benefits:
- They can replace a single or multiple missing teeth without affecting the nearby teeth
- They can help you get rid of bite imbalances or joint pain caused by teeth that shift into the gap created by missing teeth
- They restore the look of your smile
- They help improve your chewing ability, speech, digestion and facial shape
- They can be used to stabilize dentures and bridges
Getting dental implants begins with an evaluation of your oral health. We take X-rays of your mouth to see if you have enough jawbone density to support implants. If not, we may recommend bone grafting surgery prior to the placement of implants. Once the jawbone heals after the bone grafting procedure, implants can be placed. Before placing an implant, the site is numbed using local anesthesia and the implant is placed in the jawbone. The area is allowed to heal so that the implant integrates with the bone. This may take about six months. Artificial teeth are placed once the area has healed completely.
All on 4 implants make it possible to replace a full set of teeth using an effective, reliable, yet simple solution. It makes use of specially designed implants that can support a full set of teeth. The implants are strategically placed in such a way that a small number of implants can support a full dental bridge or denture.
For more information, please call our office at (847) 469-4340.