Love your smile again! Take back your confidence and your smile today!
If missing teeth are causing you to hide your smile, now is the time to find a permanent solution so that you can start sharing your smile with the world again. When a severely damaged tooth isn’t salvageable, our dentists may recommend a long-term permanent solution. These advanced restorations can replace a damaged or lost tooth, or act as a support for a bridge or denture to restore more than one missing tooth.
Are you an ideal candidate for dental implants?
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to missing teeth, then you’re probably eligible for dental implants. The first step to obtaining dental implants is to contact our team at Riverbend Family Dental iin Meridian and determine if you are a good candidate. People who need dental implants usually have:
- Lost a tooth or teeth to decay or trauma
- A potential bone loss in their jaw due to the absence of original teeth
- A desire for a natural looking restoration to replace the missing tooth/teeth
While most people are candidates for implants, there are some factors that may disqualify you or point to additional necessary procedures, such as a bone graft. Therefore, speaking with us about your options and your overall oral wellness will help you determine whether or not implants are the right option for restoring your smile.
If you have dental anxiety, you can still receive dental implants. Our dentists can administer oral sedation to take away your fears and leave you relaxed yet awake for the procedures.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made out of titanium that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. The implant is then topped with a lifelike crown that is custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Dental implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution, dental implants are the answer.
Types of dental implants.
There are many different types of implants that you may consider when looking for tooth-replacement options. Dental Implants can be:
Single Tooth Implants — When you have one tooth missing, a single dental implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate a real tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment and feels just like the tooth that was there.
Multiple Teeth Implants — When you have more than one tooth missing, dental implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won’t need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Replace all Teeth — Dental Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are permanent. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as four implants. It’s comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs four legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be required to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won’t slip, and should last a lifetime.
Support Removable Dentures — Dental Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, practical, and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. Dentures accelerate bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. However, implants allow our dentists to attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
Riverbend Family Dental is qualified to offer dental implant restorations to replace single teeth and to secure dentures, partials, and bridges.
Benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants have many benefits, most notably, they give you the freedom to love your smile and live life your way. Given that you are healthy and committed to good oral hygiene, dental implants can be a good option for tooth replacement.
Dental implant surgery generally happens in two sessions. During the first surgery, our dentists will place the implants in your jawbone. After this, your jawbone and the implants will undergo a process called osteointegration wherein the implant will fuse to your jawbone. Once fully healed, during your second appointment, we will attach abutments to the implants, which serve as anchors for the replacement tooth.
Dental implants don’t just replace a missing tooth. They have many other benefits as well, including the ability to:
- Dental implants are designed to look and feel like a natural tooth
- Since the dental implant fuses with your bone, the discomfort of dentures is not a problem.
- Dental Implants prevent further bone loss
- Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are permanent and more stable
- Last the rest of your lifetime, with a 95-98% success rate
- Improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your self-confidence
During an initial appointment, we will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to ensure that you get the care you deserve. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the surgery and the recovery time during your appointment. Your dental implant specialist will work tirelessly to give you the compassionate and exceptional care that you deserve.
With dental implants, loving your smile and living life on your terms is possible! The security that implants offer you can help boost your confidence and give you your life back.
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