Everyday activities like chewing and speaking get harder when you lose teeth. It’s time to take the next step towards feeling normal again. Dental implants are a great permanent solution to get your smile back to what it used to be.
If you’ve lost teeth, you just want to get back to normal.
In the not-so-distant past, we’d recommend a bridge or removable partial denture to replace a missing tooth or teeth. But now, dental implants have become a mainstream, top standard of care treatment for tooth loss.
Unlike a bridge or partial denture, dental implants don’t involve the adjacent teeth as part of the treatment program. If you’re only missing a few teeth, dental implants are an especially great option for tooth replacement.
In other treatments like bridges and partial dentures, your dentist has to reshape the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. But when the adjacent teeth have nothing wrong with them, with no fillings or crowns, implants are a great option.
When you lose teeth, you will experience jaw bone loss or bone thinning over time. Your dental implant acts similar to real tooth root, so the area around dental implants will not suffer from this process of jaw bone loss.
When you imagine a dental implant, you’re probably thinking of the final result, with the natural looking tooth and everything else. After all, you want your implant to make everything look and feel normal again.
Technically the implant is just the replacement portion for the root of the tooth. As part of your procedure we also affix two additional structures. There’s the abutment, which is like a support foundation, and over that is a crown, to make your implant look and function like a natural tooth.
So when you use the term “dental implant,” keep in mind this term really encompasses three phases of treatment: The root form implant, the abutment, and the crown. anding of how we can help you. And you’ll never have to deal with that gross rubber substance!
At Distinctively Dental, we entrust the first phase of the placement of the dental implant to local dental specialists with whom we have a close working relationship. We may refer you to specialists like periodontists (also known as gum specialists) or oral surgeons.
The specialist you’re referred to will charge you for the first phase of treatment. They will let you know when you can be released for the placement of the abutment and crown, known as the restorative phase.
We will inform you of all procedures and the fees you will incur at our office for the later restorative phase (abutment and crown) before referring you to the specialist.
Many times we will also advise a bite guard as part of the overall treatment for patients with one or more implants. Implants do not do well with lateral, side-to-side forces, so a bite guard reduces these type of forces you may otherwise unknowingly place on your implant during sleep, ensuring your implant has its best chance to last you a lifetime.
If you have dentures, especially full lower dentures, which have no inherent suction like upper dentures, dental implants can stabilize your dentures and improve your ability to chew food. You could experience tremendous improvement in stability with as few as two lower dental implants.