Losing even a single tooth can create a number of issues in the smile. Not only do teeth shift to fill an empty space, but also bacteria find more places to hide when a gap is created by a lost tooth. Replacement, then, becomes a high priority. Until fairly recently, the only option available for the replacement of a single tooth was a dental bridge. Although this procedure is still used today, the optimal approach is to restore function in as natural a way as possible, which can be accomplished with dental implants.
A dental implant is a permanent appliance that is inserted into the jawbone, ultimately creating an alternative root system that provides the same level of support as a natural root. This feature is what makes dental implants a good alternative to the dental bridge, which relies on the support of adjacent teeth for full function, calling for the alteration of those teeth. With a dental implant, the patient receives a restoration that stands alone, affecting no other teeth while improving the appearance of the smile.
Dental Implants at Lawrence
Dental implants are also widely used as a denture alternative, or as support to a denture appliance. Those who have worn dentures understand the limitations of traditional appliances that float on top of the gums and jaw bone. Using dental implants, the denture wearer can experience a vastly improved restoration, in which there are no limitations to the types of foods eaten. Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are firmly situated as well, eliminating the discomfort typically associated with dentures rubbing against the gums.
Replacing teeth and restoring smiles with dental implants
Dental implants are titanium roots that are replaced in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis, including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today's treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There is approximately a 95 percent success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with lifelike all-porcelain crowns. For more details, ask your dentist.
Today, implants can be placed along with a temporary tooth in a single visit. As we plan for implant treatment, we include the patient every step of the way, even showing them what the finished product will look like before treatment has even started. Based on the design created in the planning stage of treatment, the entire procedure can be facilitated with 3D imaging, producing a predictable outcome with superior results.
What Our Patients Say About Dental Implants Treatment
"My wife and I have been going to LDS for the past 2-3 years and have been very happy with not only the dental health care but also the customer service. The staff is very friendly and hygienist are very knowledgeable about anatomy and care. Dr. Kelly has been great and willing to take time to listen."Justin R.
Whether you are missing a single tooth or are interested in replacing traditional dentures with those supported by implants, we can assure you that this form of treatment will restore your smile to its most beautiful and comfortable state.
Contact us for your dental implant consultation today.