Dental implants are a fixed solution to replacing missing teeth that will look and feel like your natural teeth. An implant is an artificial tooth that is placed on, most commonly, a titanium root that looks a bit like a screw. The replacement root is surgically inserted into the upper or lower jaw bone and then an artificial tooth is attached to the top of the implant to fill the gap of the missing tooth. The implant and artificial tooth look and function like your natural teeth and will provide an extra boost of confidence in your smile.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are designed to be long-lasting and more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures. Replacement teeth are attached to implants permanently placed into the jawbone, eliminating the worry of dentures unexpectedly falling out or sliding around.
Conventional dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues that are not as long-lasting or natural-looking as dental implants. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in a jaw and fit directly on the gums and supporting bone, which can lead to deterioration of the bone. This bone loss can result in a collapsed smile. Partial dentures fill gaps left by missing teeth and rest partly on the gums and partly on the surrounding natural teeth. Both complete and partial dentures make it difficult to eat certain foods.
The improved fit and function of implant supported dentures allow you to bite, chew, speak and smile more naturally and with confidence.
Dental implants are necessary when you have missing teeth but would like an alternative to traditional dentures or bridges. Replacing a lost tooth is important; doing nothing can grow into more serious problems as time goes on. Additionally, permanent restoration through dental implants will give you the peace of mind and confidence that come with being able to eat comfortably, speak naturally and smile without pain.
There are additional solutions for missing teeth that may render a dental implant unnecessary. During your complimentary consultation, we will work together to develop treatment plan customized for you and your comfort. We guarantee an accurate diagnosis and will never recommend a treatment you do not truly need.
Most patients 45 years and older, with proper care and oral hygiene, can expect dental implants to last for life. The artificial tooth, or crown, is durable and long-lasting but on occasion may need to be re-tightened or replaced each ten or fifteen years.
Our dedicated staff will contact your insurance provider and find out if a dental implant procedure is covered under your insurance plan. If the treatment is not covered, we will work with you to develop a payment plan if necessary. Patients often tell us they are so thankful they made the decision to invest the time and money into permanently replacing their missing teeth with dental implants.
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