Restoring Smiles with Dental Implants in Winthrop
When people lose permanent teeth due to accident, injury, disease, or extraction, dental implants can be a secure, functional tooth replacement option. They're superior to many other choices because they actually restore comfort and appearance, and they remain functional for the long run – most patients keep the same implant retained restoration for life. What's more, they do not rely on neighboring teeth or other oral structures for support, maintaining the integrity of your overall oral health. Since they are permanently, surgically anchored into the jawbone, an implant’s stability and permanence restores your ability to speak and eat normally, supplies support to facial musculature, and eliminates the inconveniences and discomforts of ill-fitting prostheses. After decades of use, they have a 95% or higher proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implant supported tooth replacement, contact Brooks Dental to schedule an appointment in our Winthrop dentistry practice. Our skilled dentistry team will review your current oral health and help you find the right dental restoration option to meet your needs.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is simply a small post, usually made of titanium, inserted surgically into the jawbone below the gum surface at the location of the missing tooth. As the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation onto which your restoration, or artificial tooth, is then attached and shaped to match your existing teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implant supported tooth replacement is a two phase process. The initial phase is the surgical placement of the implant posts. Following surgical implant placement, patients need to wait three to six months to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Then, the second phase of treatment begins. During this part of the process, one or more replacement teeth are designed, crafted, and anchored to the implant posts. Many patients worry about the surgical implant placement, but the procedure is actually minimally invasive. We simply make a small incision in the gum tissue, place the implant, and attach a protective healing cap. This cap allows the soft tissue to heal while maintaining the appropriate shape to allow for the attachment of the abutment post. Following the procedure, patients wait several months for the implant to fuse with the supportive tissues. Then, they return to our office for the tooth replacement process.
Dental Implant Supported Crowns & Bridges
The number of teeth you're missing will determine the best kind of restoration for your case. One or two consecutive missing teeth indicate a simple dental crown (or two fused together crowns) restoration supported by one implant post. Two or more consecutive missing teeth require permanent fixed bridgework. This prosthetic fuses together an entire row of replacement teeth that are supported by two implant posts, one on each end.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
For patients with more advanced tooth loss, an implant supported partial or full denture may be recommended. Partials fill gaps in the smile, replacing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth. Partial dentures can usually be supported by three to four implant posts. Full dentures replace an entire row of missing teeth, and they are usually anchored using four to six implant posts.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
With innovations in the placement process and materials, more patients than ever before are good candidates for dental implant supported tooth replacement. Some limiting factors may include:
- Poor general health
- Inadequate bone structure
- Diseased gums
- Chronic oral health problems such as teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Systemic diseases
- Unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
- Implant location also impacts their success, i.e. lower front jaw implants may be up to 95% successful, while side or rear placements only 90% successful.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
No tooth replacement option is right for every patient, but for those who choose to move forward with dental implant supported restorations, there are a number of benefits, including:
- 95% or higher success rate
- Replacement teeth last two or more decades
- Improved oral health with implants stimulating gums and jawbone
- Greater tooth replacement stability, allowing for more varied diet
- More natural looking and feeling results
Shopping for Dental Implants
When you’re getting started down the long road to implant supported tooth replacement, budgeting for the cost of care is essential. Before beginning treatment, we encourage patients to carefully assess each step of the process and discuss the cost of each phase of their tooth replacement plan. When you’re prepared for the investment and have a plan in place, this can truly be an affordable treatment option that will last a lifetime.
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