Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the most complete and reliable tooth replacement in all of dentistry. They are able to literally rebuild a tooth from the root up, providing the most natural-looking and longest lasting solution available today. If your smile is marred by missing teeth, OnCall Dental can help you reclaim it with this state-of-the-art treatment. To learn more about them and what they can do for your smile, you can read on below, or simply contact us today for a consultation.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. This not only provides a new tooth with unrivaled stability, but it also supports the jaw from within, helping it maintain its shape and strength over time, which is something no other treatment can do.
In order to get dental implants, you will first need to undergo a minor surgery. This is usually performed using only local anesthesia, and most patients experience little to no discomfort during or after. Once it has been completed, you will be given about 3-6 months to heal, during which the implant(s) will actually meld with the surrounding jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This will help them provide even more security for your new smile. After you have healed, you’ll return to our office to receive your replacement teeth.
In the case of a single missing tooth, we can restore it using something called an implant-retained crown. This will consist of an all-porcelain crown set on top of a metal connector called an abutment that attaches directly to the implant post. Because it is anchored below your gums just like your natural teeth, it will blend in with your smile in every way.
Or, if you have a row of consecutive missing teeth, two implant-retained crowns can actually be used to form something called an implant-retained bridge. Two implant crowns will be placed on either side of the gap in your smile, and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth to close it. Compared to a traditional bridge, implant bridges are notably stronger, more stable, and can be expected to last much longer as well.
With the proper maintenance, which only consists of regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, both of these restorations can be expected to last for 30 years or more.
Dental implants are quite versatile and can even be used to support a complete set of dentures. More and more patients are choosing this treatment because implant-retained dentures offer a number of notable benefits compared to traditional removable ones:
We can either create a completely new implant-retained denture for you or, if your current denture is in good enough shape, retrofit it to snap onto implants.