Dental implants have become the standard of care in replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth. When used to replace a missing tooth, implants become integrated into the patient’s bone allowing for long term stability and increased function.
Your dental team will surgically place implants into the jawbone to act as tooth root substitutes. After a period of healing the implants will become attached to your bone allowing Dr. Nussear to affix replacement teeth to the newly restored implants.
The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Preserving Tooth Structures: In the past, replacing a missing tooth meant either wearing a removable denture that would fill in the gap of the missing teeth or shaving down the adjacent teeth and placing a fixed bridge to cover the gap. When placing an implant, the adjacent natural teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your overall oral health.
Bone Preservation: When a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone quickly fades away. Over the course of many years, bone thickness decreases dramatically. At that point, placing an implant may no longer be an option without complex bone replacement procedures. Placing an implant early preserves existing bone and eliminates the need for additional bone grafting surgery.
Denture Stabilization: Patients who wear dentures understand how frustrating it is when dentures will not stay in place. Dental implants can reduce or even eliminate this problem. Dental implants can be used to anchor and stabilize loose or ill-fitting dentures. Denture stability obtained with the help of dental implants is exceptional. Fabrication of a removable denture which is attached to implants can provide a great esthetic and functional alternative to conventional dentures. With increased stability and less plastic covering the tissue, patient comfort and taste is improved and the transition from natural teeth to implant supported teeth can be more comfortable.
A thorough dental evaluation may include a panoramic x-ray, CAT scan, and full mouth impressions to assess the best site for implant placement. During the surgery appointment, the implant is placed within the bone. Post surgery healing of up to six months may be required for the bone to attach to the implant. After the period of implant stabilization, Dr. Nussear will affix a custom made abutment on which a porcelain crown will be permanently cemented.
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores, difficulty speaking and difficulty chewing. Implant supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.