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Dental Implants

Do you want to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones? Dental Implants are your solution.
Dentists working on dental implants at the laboratory
Dentists working on dental implants at the laboratory

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial structure that our surgeon inserts into a person’s jawbone to support a dental prosthesis. This medical device can also be a crown, bridge, denture, or facial prosthesis or it can act as an orthodontic anchor.

The main reason why we implant it is to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. So, we are offering a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that doesn’t fit well and an option when a lack of natural teeth roots don’t allow building denture or bridgework tooth replacements.

Do you want to replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones? We can help you!

How we perform this surgery depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Even though it may involve several procedures, it is worth it as it creates a solid support for your new teeth. Remember, as a result, this process  requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant and this bone healing requires time. It can also take many months.

Why are dental implants necessary?

When you have a missing teeth (and you either cannot or do not want to get dentures, bridges or crowns) dental implants are necessary. In this case, we consider them as a common intervention because they are used as a foundation and structure for the replacement tooth. It is very important to replace a lost tooth.

What are the long-term costs of refusing to get dental implants?

Are you one of those people who question the necessity of replacing a missing tooth with an implant?

Remember that waiting or refusing dental implants can have severe adverse effects on the health of your mouths. As mentioned before, delaying them causes more dental work requirements affecting your oral health, the overall health of your body, and your pocketbook. When a patient decides not to have dental implant surgery a wide array of items can go incredibly wrong.

For example, a tooth that has been missing for 12 months can cause the bone to atrophy which is the decrease in bone density and height. This means that you will need a bone graph as well as the dental implant. Did you know that the bone graft can be more painful and expensive than just a simple implant?

Postponing a dental implant will also affect the positioning of your teeth because every tooth in your mouth works together as partners. If one of these partners is missing, the other teeth can shift. Usually, the teeth in the rear of your mouth can lean forward into the implant space meaning that when you do decide to get the implant, there may not be enough room. 

What’s more, when an opposing tooth does not have a partner, it can become dislodged from the arch creating issues with your bite. 

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The advantages of Dental Implants

You have several options to replace teeth that are missing or damaged. However, implants are the option that stands out above the rest. They offer benefits that other tooth replacement options can’t offer. Here are the top advantages of this innovative option:

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, they are designed to fuse with bone and become permanent.

Did you know that with poor-fitting dentures the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words? Our dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

The implants will become part of you eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures.

Of course, sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. ClassDent dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

Implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself

They don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. What’s more, individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Implants are also very durable and will last many years. Remember that with good care, many implants are going to last a lifetime.

Eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Can anyone get dental implants?

No one should suffer a reduced quality of life due to an inability to eat, chew, speak, and smile. So if you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery then you can be considered for a dental implant. Keep in mind that not being a smoker helps, as well as having good oral hygiene, healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to anchor the implant. So, as a result, heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Usually age is not a key factor for dental implant success. However, young people under the age of 18 might have bone tissue that is not fully developed as their jaw is still growing. Therefore we try to delay implant treatment until their growth is complete. As an adult patient, the implant treatment can proceed. In the meantime, before the implant treatment commences, a temporary tooth can be provided.

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How long does it take to get a dental implant?

You have probably heard that implants can take a while. To help you have a better idea of the process we will walk you through all of the steps.

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DENTAL EXAM

Our dentist is going to thoroughly check the health of your mouth using X-rays and possibly 3D scans. Even when we are very familiar with your mouth, this step is necessary to confirm that the health of your gums and jawbone is sufficient to support an implant, and also to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

IMPLANT SURGERY

Surgeons will place the titanium implant in your jaw bone, right below the gums. This surgery usually takes about 1-2 hours for each implant being placed. Then, every patient will have to wait about 3 months before the final restoration of the tooth replacement. We know how frustrating this is, but remember that the healing period is very important. It takes time for the implant to integrate into the bone, so that it has the strength to support your final restoration.

FITTING THE CROWN

After surgery, some people will experience swelling, bruising, or pain depending on how much work our dentist needed to do to install the implant. As mentioned before the healing period is generally around 3 months. The last step, after your implant is healed, is the less invasive procedure of fitting the abutment and crown to the implant. An abutment is a small cushion like shock absorber that is placed between the implant and the permanent crown. It involves exposing the gums so that the implant may be imprisoned for a proper fitting abutment and crown. When the abutment is secure, your new artificial crown can be fitted, and the dental implant process is complete.

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DENTAL EXAM

Our dentist is going to thoroughly check the health of your mouth using X-rays and possibly 3D scans. Even when we are very familiar with your mouth, this step is necessary to confirm that the health of your gums and jawbone is sufficient to support an implant, and also to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

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IMPLANT SURGERY

Surgeons will place the titanium implant in your jaw bone, right below the gums. This surgery usually takes about 1-2 hours for each implant being placed. Then, every patient will have to wait about 3 months before the final restoration of the tooth replacement. We know how frustrating this is, but remember that the healing period is very important. It takes time for the implant to integrate into the bone, so that it has the strength to support your final restoration.

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FITTING THE CROWN

After surgery, some people will experience swelling, bruising, or pain depending on how much work our dentist needed to do to install the implant. As mentioned before the healing period is generally around 3 months. The last step, after your implant is healed, is the less invasive procedure of fitting the abutment and crown to the implant. An abutment is a small cushion like shock absorber that is placed between the implant and the permanent crown. It involves exposing the gums so that the implant may be imprisoned for a proper fitting abutment and crown. When the abutment is secure, your new artificial crown can be fitted, and the dental implant process is complete.

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