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?
Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?A tooth may be extracted due to extensive tooth decay, knocked out and lost in an accident, or simply “absent” due to a genetic abnormality. Missing teeth negatively affect the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. A dental implant looks and acts just like a normal tooth, providing a permanent solution that is incredibly durable. Dental implants are designed to blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth for optimal form and function.
Issues With Speech and EatingChipped, cracked, or otherwise broken teeth can occur from trauma or because of tooth decay. Once your teeth have been damaged, there are few treatment options for restoring their cosmetic appearance. Additionally, if left untreated, tooth damage can leave the nerve or root of your tooth exposed, causing chronic pain. Porcelain veneers can protect damaged teeth while restoring their attractive, smooth aesthetic.
Gap-Toothed SmileA single gap between two teeth or a smile that is riddled with multiple gaps can present a less attractive image of you to those around you. Being dissatisfied with your smile can also negatively affect your self-confidence and happiness levels, and it may even lead you to hide your smile as much as possible. Dental implants can give you a beautifully natural-looking smile that you can be proud to show off with complete confidence.
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.
While dentures often need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced within only seven years, dental implants are designed to last an entire lifetime./columns]
Concerns About Dental Implants
THE PROCEDURE PROCESS
The tooth restoration process with dental implants requires three phases:
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.
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.
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.
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 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
“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.”
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.