No matter how well you care for your teeth, the truth is that everyone is vulnerable to tooth decay and injury. And even though more people than ever have access to dental care, tooth loss still remains extremely common. In fact, the majority of American adults over age 35 are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss negatively affects nutrition, speech, and can take a significant toll on a person’s self-confidence. Tooth replacement is crucial for maintaining both oral and overall health.
Dental implants are the most effective option for tooth replacement available today. These miniature titanium posts act as prosthetic roots for replacement teeth that are affixed on top. Once they are surgically implanted beneath the gum line, dental implants gradually grow together with the jawbone. This process (known as osseointegration) stabilizes the jawbone, preventing future tooth loss and retaining the jaw’s volume and youthful appearance.
Other tooth replacement solutions, like a fixed bridge or non-implant supported denture, only replace the visible portion of the tooth. Without tooth roots, the jawbone will slowly degenerate and further tooth loss is likely to occur. To learn more about this treatment and see if it is right for you, contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Bender.
Dental implants offer patients a number of benefits, from easier eating and increased self-confidence to freedom from denture creams and better oral health. And then there are the financial benefits to consider. Because dental implants can last a lifetime without the need for refitting, adjustment, or replacement, they are truly the best investment you can make.
Dental implants are placed in two major phases. Many dentists can perform the second step of restoring the dental implants, but most have to refer patients to an oral surgeon to place the actual implant posts. The team at Pearl Care Dental, however, is highly experienced and skilled in providing both the implantation and restoration of dental implants, all from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Bender will examine the extent of your bone loss and put together a plan for your tooth replacement. Wider dental implants are generally used in the back of the jaw, and narrow ones may be needed for filling the smaller gaps left by front teeth.
IV sedation is available to make sure you stay completely comfortable throughout the dental implant procedure. Dr. Bender prefers to bring in a local nurse anesthetist so she can remain totally focused on the implant procedure.
This tool enables us to create a fully 3D x-ray image of your teeth, jaw, and other surrounding structures so we can gain a deeper understanding of your dental health. This image will enable us to precisely plan your dental implant procedure so that we can guarantee its success as well as lessen any discomfort you might feel afterward.
After the dental implants have been placed, you’ll embark on a recovery period of 4-6 months. The length of your recovery depends on the location of the missing teeth and the health of your jawbone. Once the bone and implant have fused together, restoration can begin. A connecting abutment attaches the prosthetic tooth/teeth to the implant.
In addition to replacing one or a few missing teeth, dental implants can also be used to support a fixed denture. More and more dentists and patients are choosing implant-retained dentures because, compared to a traditional removable prosthetic, they provide a more secure fit, the fit lasts longer, and it also allows for a much stronger bite.
We understand that the dental implant process can cause some patients to feel nervous, and these concerns don’t fall on deaf ears at Pearl Care Dental. To help you relax while we rebuild your smile, our local nurse anesthetist provides IV sedation that will let you practically sleep throughout your entire placement procedure.