What is an implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dental implant specialist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, a sports injury, or some other reason.
They are also an excellent alternative for partial and full denture wearers seeking a more secure or a permanent attachment of their dentures. Our specialists have successfully placed thousands of implants that have brought smiles back to the faces of so many of our patients!
Does the condition of your teeth affect your confidence and how you feel about yourself personally and/or professionally? Do you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth or are your dentures feeling loose or not secured? Are you having any difficulty chewing and swallowing certain foods?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, there is no reason not to take action! We can place implants in your mouth that will look, feel and work just like your own natural teeth and with diligent oral hygiene, your implants can last you a lifetime! Your new dental implants will feel so natural, look so good, and function so well, you’ll forget that they aren’t natural teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
In just about every way, implants are superior to full or partial dentures and bridges and the clear choice for missing tooth replacement.
Esthetic: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. In addition, no one will ever know that you have replacement teeth and you’ll feel much better about you look every day.
Tooth Retention: Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support implants. Thus, more of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Increased Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are totally secure and will provide the freedom you deserve from the irksome, embarrassing clicks and wobbles of dentures. You’ll be able to say goodbye once and for all to the worries about misplaced dentures and all those messy pastes and glues.
Reliability: Dental implants are significantly stronger than bridges or dentures and provide a sturdy, permanent solution to single missing teeth. Implants are considered an excellent option for all types of tooth replacement and their long-term success rates are both highly predictable and expected.
What Is implant treatment like?
The implant procedure will be a team effort between you, and our dental staff. Your dentist will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition and the types of implants available to best meet your needs. Our support staff will look after your comfort both during and after your procedures and we will monitor your progress between appointments. You must have and maintain good oral health before, during and after your implant procedures in order to insure the best possible results. You must also have sufficient bone available for the implants to take hold.
In the event that you lack the bone density required for implants, our surgeons are able to perform specific procedures which can make the necessary bone available.
These procedures include:
Sinus Augmentation: The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge Modification Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque- free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, our oral hygienist will work closely with you to help you maintain the best oral health care possible. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. At Family Dental, your good oral health remains our priority even after your treatments are completed.
Call today for your free consultation and start down the path toward a new lifestyle you can really smile about thanks to the wonders of implant technology available at Genis Dental!