Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Patients that have lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that implant supported teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
Dental Implants might be the treatment of choice to meet your needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where a tooth or multiple teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for a replacement tooth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when a tooth is missing.
Dental implants can be the key to not only enhancing your smile but also your quality of life.
- Dental implants are the most proven tooth replacement option available with over a 95% success rate and over 40 years of practical clinical research.
- Dental implants are designed for a lifetime
- Dental implants are the only dental treatment that:
- prevent soft tissue and bone loss
- provide natural tooth hygiene
- eliminate the need to reduce and compromise adjacent teeth
- Dental Implants can replace single or multiple teeth, stabilize dentures, or even replace dentures completely.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The first step to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implant treatment is a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Clay Miller D.D.S. This involves either a 3D CT scan or Panoramic radiograph and may include taking impressions for models of your teeth so that your doctor can develop the ideal treatment plan for your particular situation.
During a complete examination of your mouth, Dr. Miller will evaluate:
- area(s) of your mouth where teeth are missing
- amount of bone available to support the placement of implants
- quality and density of the bone
- whether additional procedures may be needed to obtain the desired functional and esthetic result of restoring your beautiful smile.
- If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, Dr. Miller will evaluate the possibility of procedures to add (graft) bone, or create new bone.
What Can I expect during the Dental Implant Procedure?
- The dentist places the implants in the bone using a gentle surgical technique, usually with comfortable sedation for the ultimate patient experience. Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left undisturbed for a period of several weeks so that the bone can grow around the implants to form a strong biological bond to them. During this bone remodeling phase, you may have temporary replacement teeth so that you never have to be without teeth during treatment.
- Following the appropriate bone remodeling period, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to each implant. The permanent replacement teeth will eventually be attached to the abutments by your dentist as well.
- Impressions will be taken of your teeth and the implant abutments; the appropriate shade for your replacement teeth will be selected and then, along with your bite registrations, a professional dental implant laboratory technician will fabricate your replacement teeth and the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants. This process typically takes about two weeks depending up on the number of missing teeth and the type of replacement teeth.
Proper Care of Dental Implants
Post Treatment Care of your Dental Implants. Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
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