What are Dental Implants?
For tooth replacement, there simply is no solution that is more durable or more lifelike than a dental implant. They are the only comprehensive solution since they address both the visible missing tooth and the missing tooth root under the gums. The presence of a replacement tooth root not only anchors the new tooth in place, it also protects against bone loss since it is seated into the jawbone.
Dental implants look like a small, metal post. They are replacements for missing teeth. The implant is placed in the bone beneath your gums, and a tooth restoration is placed on top of the implant. The restoration may be a tooth crown, denture, or dental bridge, and it is the visible portion of the replacement tooth. The implant works from below, providing support and stability for the restoration.
Are You a Candidate For a Dental Implant?
Missing teeth are a common dental problem. The only way to know if you are a candidate for dental implants is to receive an examination from an experienced dentist. Generally speaking, the following indicate candidacy:
- You are missing one, several or all of your teeth
- You are interested in a long-term tooth replacement option
- You are interested in a highly durable, secure tooth replacement
- You want your smile to look natural and attractive
Like all treatments offered by Dr. Morris, implant dentistry is tailored to the individual. That commitment to the individual means our dentists make sure you know all of the teeth replacement options available to you, including dentures, dental bridges or one of the various types of dental implants:
- Individual dental implants
- Implant-supported crowns
- Implant-supported dentures
- Implant-supported dental bridge
- Mini Implants
Call us today to schedule a free consultation to see if you might be a candidate for a Dental Implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Teeth implants look, function and feel like real teeth. You have many options for replacing a missing tooth. Each option has its advantages. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Restores an attractive smile
- Replaces the entire tooth, from root to crown
- Provides maximum stability for chewing, speaking, laughing and smiling
- Implants are the longest-lasting solution for the replacement of missing teeth that we have in modern dentistry
In terms of your daily oral care, tooth implants typically do not require special care. Like your other teeth, you brush and floss the dental implant to keep your mouth and gums healthy and clean. Our skilled team will show you how to care for your new implant so you feel prepared and informed.
At Atlas Dental, we are a full-service dental practice with an emphasis on dental implants and dentures. Dentures can be made very secure and stable by attaching them to dental implants. Advantages of this option include:
- Greater stability
- Increased comfort
- Secure foundation for chewing and speaking
Dental implants enable dentures to function similar to real teeth. With these dentures, chewing and speech are improved and you will no longer have the embarrassment of slipping dentures.
Implant-supported dentures or implant-supported dental bridges also promote the health and stimulate the bone beneath your teeth. This is important because a missing tooth can lead to deterioration of the boney ridge beneath your teeth.
When a tooth root is missing, this bone begins to resorb. Dental implants mimic the presence of a real tooth and stimulate the production of healthy bone.
Dentures attached to dental implants are still removable – even though the dentures are secured to the implants, you will remove your dentures regularly. Many patients prefer the ease of daily care and maintenance that come with removable dentures. Others prefer replacement teeth that cannot be removed. One such “fixed” option is a dental bridge, which can also be attached to dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth or all of your teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Perhaps you are still considering whether to replace your missing teeth at all, with dental implants or otherwise. Well, consider this: replacing missing teeth is essential to maintain full function of your teeth and bite, and to avoid the following potential issues:
- Drifting and tilting teeth. When a gap is left by a missing tooth, surrounding teeth may begin to drift toward the gap. These teeth may even become visually tilted.
- Smile aesthetics. If the gap is toward the front of your mouth, you may feel embarrassed to smile, laugh or even speak. As teeth begin to tilt because of the gap, your smile line can become uneven and crooked.
- Bite misalignment. Drifting and tilting teeth can also cause your bite to become misaligned, leading to imbalance as you bite down and chew. A misaligned bite can lead to worn teeth, as well as strained ligaments.
- Difficulty brushing and flossing. When teeth tilt and become crooked, they can be very difficult to floss and brush adequately. This reduced ability to clean your teeth and gums can lead to the buildup of plaque, tooth decay and gum infection.
Unsure of what to do next? Contact our office to arrange a free consultation. After listening to your concerns, we can help you decide what to do next.
Common Question About Implants
We hope the following Q&As help with any information not already covered. If you have any questions you want to ask Dr. Morris or his friendly staff, we encourage you to call our practice. What we can’t address over the phone can be discussed by you and the doctor during a free consultation.
How long do implants last?
Research has proven dental implants to be the most cost-effective and longest-lasting way to replace missing teeth. They not only replace missing teeth, but prevent jawbone from shrinking as well.
How do tooth implants prevent jawbone shrinking?
The bone beneath your gums is stimulated by tooth roots. When a tooth root is missing, this bone begins to shrink, and may eventually lead to a somewhat collapsed or less full appearance of the lower third of your face. You will be able to maintain the health of this bone and the youthful shape of your face by using a dental implant to replace the missing root.
How much do they cost?
The final cost varies depending on:
- The type of implants chosen
- How many implants are needed
- The tooth restoration chosen
- Additional procedures that may be required to get the best results
Dental implants have tremendous value. They are highly effective and long-lasting, increasing the return on your initial investment.