What Are They?
Dental implants are an amazing solution for replacing one or more missing teeth that are broken and failing. Implants can also stabilize a denture for comfort as well as effective chewing and smiling. Finally, we have a predictable way to replace a tooth that can last forever and won’t decay ever again.
Naturally strong and resistant to cavities, dental implants are a highly desirable form of tooth replacement for patients of various dental needs and backgrounds. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option to replace both the tooth root and the tooth crown.
Unlike removable dentures or dental crowns and bridges, dental implants will not shift or slip in place and require no changes to be made in a regular healthy dental hygiene routine.
Implants can be life-changing in giving a smile back to someone who has lost hope, chewing ability to someone who thought they would never eat certain foods again, and confidence in talking and living life to the fullest because they know their teeth are beautiful and healthy!
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Dental implants have a 98% success rate for safe and reliable care.
- Implants may reduce or prevent rapid bone loss in the jaw after tooth loss.
- Each dental crown is designed to look and feel natural.
- Dental implants reduce risks for losing multiple teeth after tooth loss.
- Your new teeth won’t shift or move out of place.
Dental Implant Options
A dental implant is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem, as opposed to a traditional denture or dental bridge, which are anchored to the teeth surrounding the gap. Traditional methods like these mean that many good healthy teeth have to be cut on to replace missing teeth.
We can use a single dental implant to support a crown that does not need to rely on the neighboring teeth for support. Your new tooth feels entirely natural!
We can also use dental implants to support a set of dentures. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures are a permanent treatment for patients who are missing many teeth. They look, feel, and function like real teeth!
If one or more of the following circumstances apply to you, dental implants may be ideal:
- You are missing 1 or more teeth.
- You are sick and tired of having broken, hurting, and decayed teeth.
- You have ample amounts of bone to secure implants.
- Your gums and tissues are healthy.
- You are unwilling or unable to wear removable dentures.
- Your jawbone has reached full growth.
Most patients find dental implants will improve appearance, improve speech, improve comfort, and easier eating. Remember, dental implants do not affect working teeth and can also improve your overall oral health. Plus, it’s easier to brush between implanted teeth. With good care, dental implants can last a lifetime!
Dental implant surgery is a common option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. It is performed in a dental office or in a hospital, with no overnight stay required. Self-dissolving stitches are typically used.
No need to fear a dental implant procedure! We start with a customized plan to give you the exact implant to fit your needs.
Some individuals will require a bone graft surgery prior to having dental implant surgery. This is common in individuals who have a jawbone that is too soft or is not thick enough to sustain the implant. This will be determined at your consultation visit.
Dental implant surgery is performed in phases, with the entire process lasting anywhere from three to nine months, including time off for healing and the growth of new bone around the implant.
Phase One: Placement of the dental implant into the jawbone, followed by a few months of rest. Sedation can be used to sleep through this placement procedure. We get the area numb and create a spot for the implant to rest and replace your tooth root.
We then let the area heal for several months to allow your body to grow onto the implant surface and become one. Most dental implants are made with biocompatible titanium. The process of your bone healing around the implant is called osseointegration. This means that your body actually likes the material and grows onto it and makes it a part of you.
Phase Two: Placement of the abutment and the new beautiful tooth, followed by a healing period.
After healing has taken place, then we can build your new tooth or teeth onto the implant to look and feel like a tooth was never missing!
Dental Implant Cost
Missing teeth are incredibly damaging to your health. You may be unable to eat the nutritious foods you need in order to stay healthy, and your jawbone can even recede due to missing tooth roots. This can lead to further tooth loss as well as a sunken appearance.
Dental implants are an investment in better health. After tooth loss, a dental implant can help improve your ability to chew foods you need in order to stay healthy. It can also protect your jawbone density and help you retain a youthful appearance. All of these benefits add up to a better quality of life!
Choosing an Implant Dentist
When the correct conditions are present and the correct technique is followed by a good clinician, a dental implant will be fully successful over 98% of the time. This makes your implant dentist a vital part of your healthcare team.
Choosing an implant dentist can be overwhelming. If you need an implant dentist, you should look for a dental professional who:
- Helps you understand the value of dental procedures.
- Is a trustworthy member of your healthcare team.
- Can place both the titanium posts and the replacement teeth.
- Continues to learn about new techniques and innovations.
- Appreciates the intrinsic value of a beautifully healthy smile as well as its function.
Dr. Libby is an implant dentist who does more than place implant posts and new teeth. He places a high value on clear communication and doctor/patient relationships. Great dentistry starts with trust, and Dr. Libby recognizes this, which is why we take time to hear from you before we start working on your smile!
Our end goal is to make you feel better about yourself, your smile, and your health when you leave our office than you did when you came in. If implant dentistry is what you need in order to do so, then Libby Dental is here to help!
Let’s Talk About Your Teeth
Have you lost one or more teeth? It happens. Let’s get you back to a healthy place! Call us at (619) 276-6884. We can bring you in for a helpful conversation about your dental health and treatment options. In the long run, you’ll save time worrying and be that much closer to good health and peace of mind.