Do your teeth cause you endless problems? When you go to a restaurant, do you choose the items that are easier for you to eat instead of what you really WANT to eat? Are you missing one, two, or even more teeth? Dental implants may be a solution to seamlessly blend with your natural remaining teeth and restore your smile to what you’ve always wanted it to be.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
A dental implant is made to mimic the supporting root structure of a natural tooth. It has a titanium post (the implant itself) that is surgically implanted into the bone at the site of the missing tooth. We use titanium because it likes bone cells – the bone will actually grow around the metal to create a strong anchor point. A piece called an abutment fits over the implant, almost like a metal nut would fit over a screw. Then your new replacement tooth (crown) goes over the abutment – – this is the only part of the tooth that anyone will see when you smile.
We can use dental implants to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all your teeth depending on your situation. We can replace multiple teeth in a similar way that a traditional bridge works, but it a much more secure and permanent manner.
And if you’re tired of partial or full dentures slipping around, have we got a solution for you.
Using a method called Implant Retained Dentures (or sometimes called All-On-Four), we can permanently affix your dentures to as few as four implant points.
Imagine – no more slipping and sliding!
So, what happens during the procedure?
First, Dr. Barden and his staff will perform a comprehensive exam to find the best possible position for the implant(s), and also to check the strength and integrity of the bone at that spot. Then later, under local anesthesia (or if you prefer, under sedation), we’ll put the metal implant (the titanium post) in and close the gum tissue over it to protect it as it heals together with the bone. If you’re replacing multiple teeth, we can then attach temporary crowns for better appearance while the site heals. After the bone has integrated with the implant and the surrounding area has properly healed (usually four to six months), we go back in and attach the abutment and permanent crown, fully replacing the tooth or teeth.
With proper dental hygiene, your new dental implant may last a lifetime!