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Why Choose Dental Implants?
Do you feel anxious when you think about wearing dentures for life? Let’s compare traditional dentures and dental implants. Conventional dentures are less expensive up front but will need to be re-made, refined, and the use of adhesives or creams are necessary to prevent teeth from slipping. Over time the quality and quantity of your bone will decrease. Traditional dentures can also cause your cheeks and lips to sag.
What are dental implants? Implants are far more than cosmetic dentistry! Your overall dental health is better with implants than traditional dentures because implants preserve bone quantity and quality. Implants also provide firm support for your lips and cheeks (less sagging!). With dental implants, you do not have to worry about decay or root canal treatment, and implants should not require replacement or repair. There is no need for creams or adhesives because dental implants are secure and stable enough to prevent slippage. Dental implants will help you get your smile back and keep it where it belongs – in your mouth!
Dental implants are not your Meemaw’s dentures! Choosing dental implants over removable dentures or a fixed bridge is like selecting the latest smartphone over the old flip phones. Implants are a high-tech tooth replacement solution and dentures are the low-tech tooth replacement solution. Whether you choose high-tech or low-tech, we are available to help you select the procedure that’s best for your smile restoration.
How do Dental Implants work?
Most commonly the root of a missing tooth is replaced with a small, screw-shaped titanium post which is fastened securely to the jawbone. The surgical procedure to place an implant is considered minor and routine. It completed with a local anesthetic which means you would be awake during the surgery. We can provide sedation dentistry to help ease your comfort level if the thought of being awake causes you discomfort. We offer IV Sedation, Oral Sedation, and Inhalation Conscious Sedation.
After the healing stage, the implant is capped with a realistic-looking crown custom-made to match your natural teeth. Taking the time to heal correctly is imperative because it is during the healing stage that the implant fuses to the bone surrounding it. Dental implants have a significantly higher success rate (over 95%) than any other tooth-replacement option. There are several types of dental implants: single tooth, multiple teeth, full dental implants, mini dental implants, and traditional removable dentures.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants:
- Replace One Tooth – When only one tooth is missing, a single tooth implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that particular tooth; a crown then goes on top to replicate the look and feel of a real tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth especially because dental implants have the highest success rate.
- Replace Multiple Teeth — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. It is not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth because implant teeth act as supports for fixed bridgework. Let’s say you are missing three teeth in a row. We can place one implant on each side of the missing teeth putting a crown in between which would have no implant underneath. Using natural teeth as support could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
- Full Dental Implant (Replace All Teeth Permanently) — Full mouth dental implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and never removed. This option replaces all teeth permanently. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as four implants. Dental implants may be supported with a similar structure to a table supported by four legs thus requiring only four implants; however, 5 or 6 implants may be needed help support a row of 10-12 teeth when there is deterioration of the jawbone density and volume. Implants protect your jawbone, are slip-free, and with proper care should last a lifetime. Your dental professional will discuss whether or not bone grafting should be part of your treatment plan. Please see All on 4 and DENTCA 4 for additional information on dental implant treatments.
- Mini Dental Implants — A mini dental implant is usually about half of the size of a traditional dental implant which has a diameter of 3 – 6 most conventional implant receives more support from the jawbone than a mini implant so it may not be as strong or as durable. We do not offer mini dental implants because a traditional dental implant provides the most durable, secure tooth replacement.
- Support Removable Dentures — Implants can even make removable partial dentures more comfortable, efficient, and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. It accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. However, today dentists can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. It will prevent the dentures from slipping while you eat or speak and preserves the bone directly beneath them. Every case is different so let us work with you to choose the best treatment plan for creating a smile worth sharing.
Will I Experience any Pain with Dental Implants?
Drilling and screwing into the gums and bones may sound painful, but placing a dental implant is usually more comfortable than taking a tooth out. You are not likely to feel pain during the dental implant procedure especially if you have a healthy tissue. There aren’t many pain-sensing nerves where the implant is placed into the bone. You may experience some discomfort immediately after the surgery and for a few days following; however, any pain you feel should be manageable. It is not unusual to feel discomfort or slight pain in multiple areas of the face like your chin, cheeks or underneath the eyes. We care for our patients so we will do what we can to make your post-surgery experience as painless as possible. Would you like to see an individualized treatment plan? Schedule a free consultation with us.
How much will I pay for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are entirely customizable for your teeth and mouth, unlike other tooth replacement options. It makes this option the best for a natural-looking smile.
Generally speaking, the cost is comparable to other teeth replacement options. Other options usually require replacements over time and what appeared to be a lower up-front cost ends up costing more than dental implants.