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When you damage or lose one or more teeth, your dentist can offer several treatment options for restoring your smile.
Advanced Implant Dentistry
When you damage or lose one or more teeth, your dentist can offer several treatment options for restoring your smile. These options could include crowns, bridges, dentures or other prosthetics. One of the most effective treatment options for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Modern dental implants are, in many ways, the most permanent, most stable and secure way of giving you back a complete smile that will look and feel lifelike. Also, dental implants, which are cared for by brushing and flossing much like your natural teeth, can last much longer than other restorative options.
Technically, a dental implant is an artificial root that replaces the natural root of the tooth or teeth that have been lost or removed. It’s actually a “post,” usually made from surgical-grade titanium, and it is placed directly into the upper or lower jawbone. As the bone heals around the post it becomes very strong and very durable, able to support a lifelike porcelain restoration for many years.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth without affecting the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. They can also be very effective in situations when several teeth in a row are missing. A dental implant can also help secure a bridge or denture, providing support and comfort. It’s also important to note that when there is a gap in your smile, the adjacent teeth can shift and move into the space. Dental implants prevent this from occurring.
A significant benefit of dental implants that sometimes escapes attention is the fact that a dental implant, in some ways, mimics the natural relationship between a tooth root and the other supportive structures of your smile. When you lose teeth, the underlying structures can atrophy, shrinking away and altering the appearance of your face. An implant engages these structures, keeping them healthier and more vibrant. This means you may lose less of your natural shape and muscle tone. You’ll look more youthful and healthy!
Dental implants usually require several visits over time. First, your dentist will determine the state of your smile and your underlying structures, utilizing x-rays, dental molds, digital photographs, etc. to do so. After determining the proper location for your implants, your dentist – or a prosthodontist – will place the implant directly into the upper or lower jawbone. Some types of implants ultimately require two surgeries, as the post component might be added later. After about 6-8 weeks of healing (and a soft diet), a lifelike porcelain restoration is placed on the implant. The results not only look and feel natural, you will also care for your restoration is much the same way as your natural teeth – with regular brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits, smart eating habits and good oral hygiene will ensure your implant lasts a very long time!
All-on-4®―Dental implant full mouth reconstruction!
Sometimes injury, illness, or other factors merit more than a smile makeover. In order to restore form and function, a complete smile replacement is in order. The most impactful way of achieving such a life-altering event is to take advantage of modern dental implant technology. With today’s state-of-the-art methods, you can receive a complete upper or lower “set” of teeth…all supported on four dental implants.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed directly into your jawbone. The natural healing process “anchors” the implant in place, creating an artificial root for a porcelain prosthetic tooth that looks and feels more lifelike than other restorative options. Because getting a single implant for every single tooth is unrealistic, the all-on-four method was devised to strategically support a complete upper or lower “arch” of teeth on fewer implants. Your doctor will select the best location for these implants so they can provide maximum support for your new smile.
During the healing process―typically six-to-eight weeks― you will need to keep your diet limited to soft foods and to follow all other care instructions from your dental team. You will be so glad you did! All-on-4® dental implants are the most efficient way to restore your smile. They are cost effective and will give you a more permanent solution that looks and feels fantastic. Ask about All-on-4 implants today!
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