Dental implants are the best replacement for a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They are also used to secure partial or complete dentures as well as support for dental bridges, as well as have the benefit of not shaving down teeth right next to the missing tooth. Dental implants feel and look as if you were never missing a tooth!
Dental Implant Benefits
An artificial tooth is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. Since these implants are held by the jaw bone, they have the same, dependable foundation as natural tooth roots. With permanently placed implants, you will no longer have to experience discomfort in chewing, laughing or speaking.
Dental implants resemble natural teeth and can completely restore your smile and substantially improve your oral health. More advantages of dental implants include:
- Improved speech – With a removable device like dentures, teeth can slip within the mouth and can cause you to slur or mumble your words. A dental implant allows you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort – Dental implants remove the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Improved oral health – Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Durability – With proper oral care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Easier eating – Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat foods without pain.
Your team will discuss tooth replacement options with you to help you make the most informed decision. Modern technology is utilized to minimize any discomfort associated with receiving a dental implant. This allows for a very relaxed and comfortable experience, for even the most fearful patients.
There are many factors that will be considered prior to recommending a dental implant, including: adequate bone support, healthy gum tissue, overall health, and sinus and nerve location.
Dental Implant Process
The first step is to have a consultation with Dr. Birk to plan the dental implant. This includes taking a 3D X-Ray (CBCT) to evaluate the bone quality and quantity. During the planning period, if there is not enough bone to allow an implant to be placed there may be other required procedures which could include bone grafting or a sinus lift.
A dental implant is an artificial root of a tooth that placed and bone heals around the placement (osteointegration). Healing of the bone usually takes 3-4 months. During that time, there will be a temporary placed to mimic what the tooth will look like when fully restored. After the 3-4 months of health, we check for osteointegration and then place an abutment to take an impression. About two weeks after that we place the final restoration including the crown.
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