Appearances aren’t your only concern when looking for a prosthetic to replace one or more teeth. It’s just as important that the restoration functions properly in your mouth so that you can eat whatever you want and maintain excellent oral health. To this end, many of Dr. Volker’s patients have benefited from anchoring their crowns, bridges, or dentures to dental implants. If you’re missing any number of teeth or want to give your current prosthetic an upgrade, call DentCare Dental Center to ask for an implant consultation.
Implants are thin, titanium posts that are shaped like screws. Instead of resting on the gums or natural teeth, they are inserted into the jaw itself. Crowns and other types of prosthetic teeth are attached to the posts via small devices called abutments. This way, your new teeth can benefit from having “roots” that prevent them from slipping and enhance their chewing power. Each patient will receive a different number of implant posts depending on their needs.
Regular bridges and dentures have plenty of advantages, but as far as new teeth are concerned, dental implants are considered to be in a class of their own. By stimulating the jaw, they encourage the body to maintain the bone so that it doesn’t break down in the future. Other benefits include:
A healthy mouth and a strong jawbone are needed before dental implant placement. Each case of tooth loss is different, so the process itself will vary depending on your needs.
After an extraction or accident, a single tooth can be replaced with just one implant post. We can restore it with a dazzling dental crown made from the finest ceramic. When designed and placed properly, the implant and crown will make sure your remaining teeth don’t drift into the gap the original tooth left behind.
Two implants are enough to support multiple replacement teeth at once. Specifically, they can hold a dental bridge that’s filling in a gap left by at least three teeth in a row. Putting bridges on implants instead of natural teeth helps you preserve more of your remaining enamel in the long run, which is typically the healthier option.
Are you tired of dentures that slip at awkward moments and need to be constantly removed for cleanings? With just four to six implant posts, it’s possible for an entire arch of new teeth to be permanently fixed in your mouth, where it won’t move and can be brushed and flossed normally.
After a consultation, we’ll refer you to a local specialist who can handle the placement of your dental implants. They can help you with any necessary preparatory procedures, and their expertise will minimize the risk of failure. It takes about 3 to 6 months for the jaw to fuse with dental implants, and after that, you’ll come back to DentCare Dental Center so we can give you your beautiful new crown, bridge, or denture.
Paying for dental implants is a long-term investment; other replacement options might seem less costly at first, but unlike implants (which can easily last decades), they’re likely to need to be replaced multiple times in the future. Keep this in mind when asking about the cost of implant surgery. Also, the price will vary depending on the number of necessary posts as well as other factors that we’ll discuss with you.
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