Benefits of Dental ImplantsDental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
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Understanding Dental ImplantsYour dental needs are unique to you, so we offer individualized treatment plans for each patient. In some cases, bone grafting may be needed prior to placement of the implants, especially if there isn't enough bone available to properly support the restoration. If you have enough bone or your bone is reconstructed, the implants will be surgically put into place.
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Missing All Upper or Lower TeethMissing teeth can dramatically alter a person's appearance. A much less than perfect smile makes people uncomfortable about smiling, shy away from social situations, or cover their mouth. Missing teeth can also cause more dramatic appearance issues the longer restoration treatment is avoided.
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Single Missing Tooth ReplacementThe best solution for replacing a single missing tooth is a dental implant. The benefits of choosing an implant restoration far out-weigh the negatives. Implants are permanent, they prevent bone loss, and are aesthetically pleasing. An implant functions almost exactly as a natural tooth would. Some patients report not being able to distinguish the difference. More importantly, restorations will not negatively impact the health of adjacent teeth or gum tissue, and if cared for properly, will last you upwards of thirty years.
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Replacing Multiple TeethMissing several teeth can be devastating. In the short term, missing teeth can hinder clear speech, and limit your diet. You may feel too embarrassed to smile and experience a lack of confidence, hindering your interactions with others. The long-term effects are even worse, putting you at greater risk for bone degeneration, facial collapse, the spread of infection to hard and soft tissue, and loss of even more teeth.
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Bone Grafting for ImplantsDental implants are implanted directly into your jawbone. They rely on the bone for success. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts. This process, called osseointegration, stabilizes the posts in your jaw, turning them into secure roots that are then used to support your new teeth. If you do not have sufficient bone mass, the bone cannot properly fuse. This can lead to loose implants. The implants may even fail to integrate altogether. We also offer Ridge Expansion, for certain patients.
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Dental Implants RestorationDental implant restorations are a fantastic solution for replacing missing teeth. They are durable, permanent, and aesthetically pleasing. They so closely mimic natural teeth, you and your friends won’t be able to tell the difference. If you are looking to repair your smile fully, implant restoration is by far the best option available to you. The following article is a brief summarization of what you might expect from the process. Learn more about Implant Restoration.
Sinus LiftsThe upper premolar and molar teeth’s roots can sometimes occupy the sinus cavity or be positioned very close to it. As a result, it is common for the bone loss associated with tooth loss to affect the sinus cavity. In circumstances such as these, before placing implants we will perform a sinus lift/augmentation.
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Learn More About Dental ImplantsOnce you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve you life. When you lose several teeth whether its a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
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