Dental implants are usually screw-like in design and can provide confidence and function by replacing a single tooth or numerous missing teeth when used to anchor a bridge or a denture.
At your initial consultation we will provide a detailed review of your medical history, obtain any x-rays that are needed and listen to what your chief complaints are. From here we will be able to formulate a treatment plan specifically targeted with your wants and needs in mind, allowing us to help you reach your ultimate goal.
In addition, we use state of the art Cone Beam technology, along with knowledgeable staff, to help create the best outcome for your procedure.
Patients tell us that implants have changed their lives.
Dental implants have a 97% success rate making them the most predictable and cost effective treatment of any dental restoration
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.
The use of a Waterpik® is recommended to help to stimulate the gum tissue and effectively clean around the neck of the implant. You will be placed on a 3 month recare appointment with your dental hygienist to help to maintain proper periodondontal health.
Single implant placement:
- Used to replace a single missing tooth
Implant supported bridge:
- Use to replace multiple missing teeth in an area. This is a fixed appliance and is not removable
Implant supported denture:
- There are three types of implant-supported dentures:
- Bar-retained : A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar the denture, or to both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments. This appliance is removable by the patient.
- Ball-retained : Each implant that is embedded in jawbone holds a metal stud attachment that Ball Retained Denture fits into another attachment on the overdenture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped that fit into sockets on the overdenture but may be reversed in certain cases. This appliance is removable by the patient.
- Screw retained denture that is anchored to the jaw bone with dental implants. This appliance is not removable by the patient but should be removed for routine cleanings in the dental office.
In all cases, the overdenture is normally made of an acrylic base. An implant supported denture eliminates eliminating slippage, enhancing comfort and improving the ability to speak and smile with confidence, as well as eliminating the need for sticky adhesives.
Benefits to Dental Implants
• The most natural looking and feeling replacement for a missing tooth
• Bridgework and dentures may need to be replaced every ten to fifteen years, but with proper maintenance implants can last many, many years
• Implants are made from titanium and will not decay
• Implants can replace one or multiple teeth.
• Implants replace the missing tooth without compromising the surrounding natural teeth.
• Dental implants stimulate bone growth and help preserve oral health.
In the past, many denture patients had to limit their diet to soft foods. Now they are thrilled to bite into an apple, chew steak and eat corn on the cob, along with other foods they have missed. Learn to laugh, smile and speak again with confidence!