An implant is so much more than an artificial tooth. It’s like a high-tech reworking of your mouth. Implants never require you take them out to apply messy adhesive, and they’ll never require you take them out every night to soak and clean. In fact, you can’t take them out! Dental implants are a permanent part of your mouth, and with proper maintenance and care, they can last you for decades.
How do dental implants work?
If you need to replace a tooth, the root of that missing tooth is removed and replaced with a small, screw-shaped titanium post, which is then securely fastened to the jawbone. The implant is then capped with a realistic-looking crown that’s custom made to match the other teeth in your mouth. During the healing process, the implant fuses to the bone surrounding it for a permanent and comfortable fit.
This procedure is typically performed with a local anesthetic, leaving the patient awake while the work is done. But we also offer I.V., oral, and inhalation sedation options for those who are uncomfortable with remaining entirely conscious while a dentist works on their mouth. You can find out more about sedation dentistry by clicking here.
Let’s say you need to replace a tooth. The root of that missing tooth is removed and replaced with a small, screw-shaped titanium post which is then securely fastened to the jawbone. That may sound complicated, but it’s actually a process that is considered to be relatively minor and routine. The procedure is typically performed with a local anesthetic, leaving the patient awake throughout the procedure. However, if the thought of that happening is too intimidating or would otherwise cause discomfort, we also offer IV and oral sedation, as well as inhalation conscious sedation.
The implant is then capped with a realistic-looking crown that is custom-made so that it matches the other teeth in your mouth. It is during this healing process that the implant fuses to the bone surrounding it. Patients have several options when it comes to dental implants ranging from a single tooth to a whole set, and they all have a significantly higher success rate of 95 percent compared to other replacement options.
– Replace one tooth: If only one tooth is missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root, and a crown goes over the top to replicate the look and feel of a real tooth.
– Replace multiple teeth: When more than one tooth is missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. It’s actually not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth because implant teeth act as a support for fixed bridgework. For example, if you’re missing three teeth in a row, we can place just one implant on each side of the gap and put a crown in between that has no implant underneath.
– Full dental implant: This replaces all the teeth in the mouth permanently. Full dental implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and never removed. Sometimes, these new teeth can be supported by as few as four implants.
– Support removable dentures: dental implants can even make partial removable dentures more comfortable, efficient, and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and slip around, or put pressure on the underlying bone, accelerating bone loss and shrinking the jaw. We can attach your removable dentures onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than onto the bone surface. This prevents your dentures from slipping while you eat or speak, and preserves the bone.