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Dental Implants

If you need tooth restoration, dental implants are an excellent and permanent solution that can restore the functionality and appearance of your teeth. Strong titanium or zirconium dental implants can be fused to the jawbone and then capped with a crown or bridge to look and operate like natural teeth. Dr. Sands is committed to providing you with a beautiful and healthy smile that looks and feels entirely natural. With dental implants, you can achieve exactly that, and you and those around you won’t even see a difference between your implants and your natural teeth.

Who Can Benefit
From Dental Implants?

Why Choose
Dental Implants Over Dentures?

Excellent Performance and Functionality

Dentures operate like natural teeth but can slip or affect your speech, presenting a potential risk for embarrassment or discomfort in social situations. Dental implants look and function exactly like natural teeth, making them perfectly useful and natural in all situations.

Improved Dental Hygiene

Dentures must be removed for cleaning. This inconvenience can reduce your likelihood of performing all the required cleansing actions and also leaves more room for slip-ups in hygiene quality. Dental implants can be cared for like normal teeth with traditional brushing and flossing, making it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

Better Comfort

Dentures can irritate the gums and cause painful mouth sores. Dental implants, on the other hand, feel no different than natural teeth. Patients with dental implants find that they are so comfortable, they are rarely even aware of their presence.

Natural-Looking Appearance

Dentures may look unnatural or fake, but dental implants look just like natural teeth. Dental implants can look so natural that they are indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.

Stronger Durability

Dentures can break and may even warp under hot water, requiring regular repairs and replacement. Conversely, dental implants are directly fused to the jawbone and are extremely sturdy and secure.

No Jawbone Loss

Dentures offer no protection against deterioration of the jawbone, and therefore, bone loss may occur over time. This bone loss can affect your smile and even the shape of your face, giving you a prematurely aged appearance. Because dental implants are fused to the jawbone, they prevent deterioration and bone loss.

Greater Longevity

While dentures often need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced within only seven years, dental implants are designed to last an entire lifetime.

Concerns About
Dental Implants

The Procedure Process

The tooth restoration process with dental implants requires three phases:
  1. Phase 1:The titanium or zirconium implant is placed into the jawbone to serve as the tooth’s root. The implant remains covered beneath the gums for three to six months, during which time it fuses to the jawbone.
  2. Phase 2: You are fitted for an abutment and crown, which takes two weeks to fabricate. You may be given a temporary tooth replacement to wear in the meantime.
  3. Phase 3: Dr. Sands will fix your abutment and crown to the implant, carefully ensuring that your tooth fits comfortably, looks natural with your smile, and meets your expectations.

Costs

  • Dental implants are built to last a lifetime and produce a natural-looking smile that looks and functions beautifully. Their long-term value far exceeds that of other tooth restoration methods, and there is no question that they are a worthwhile investment. The precise cost of dental implants varies according to individual need and the extent of correction required. Some insurance companies may cover a portion of the expense. Dr. Sands will be happy to provide you with a detailed price quote during your personal consultation.

Maintaining Results

Maintaining your smile after receiving dental implants depends on the quality of your personal dental hygiene habits. While dental implants are highly durable, you can help maintain your results by doing the following:

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Visit the dentist regularly
  • Avoid harmful habits such as biting your nails or using your teeth as tools

Before & After Photos

Testimonials

"Dr. Sands and his staff were fantastic. I was amazed with the degree of determination that Dr. Sands puts into his work. It’s truly and art to improve someone’s smile the way he has. Feel very comfortable walking into their office and later walking out with a great big smile! Dr. Sands is a true perfectionist and it’s apparent after seeing the results. I am very pleased and I would have to call what he does and art form."

Paul L

Frequently
Asked Questions

What are the advantages of dental implants over a dental bridge?

One of the main advantages of dental implants over dental bridges is that they do not affect the surrounding teeth. In contrast, a dental bridge is cemented to the surrounding teeth, causing them damage, stress, and loss of enamel. Additional advantages of dental implants include:
  • More durable
  • No risk of jawbone loss
  • No risk of decay in surrounding teeth
  • No special care or hygiene
  • Designed to last a lifetime

Who is the best candidate for dental implants?

Strong candidates for dental implants should have good oral and overall health as well as sufficient jawbone to support a dental implant. Individuals who lack adequate jawbone support may qualify for over-the-bone dental implants. As every case is unique, the best way to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sands.

How do dental implants prevent bone loss while dentures or a dental bridge cannot?

Jawbone loss is the natural result of losing a tooth. However, because dental implants are fused directly to the jawbone, the jawbone is regularly stimulated with chewing and eating. This stimulation prevents bone loss. Other methods of tooth restoration do not provide this stimulation, which is why bone loss continues to occur with dentures or a dental bridge. This is one of the primary reasons why Dr. Sands strongly recommends dental implants for all qualifying patients.

Is placement of dental implants painful?

Generally speaking, placing dental implants is far less painful than tooth extraction. The use of anesthesia prevents pain during the placement of dental implants. Minor discomfort during the day or two afterward can be treated with pain medication.

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