Dental Implants

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If you have missing teeth, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about your smile. The best solution is a dental implant. A dental implant will give you optimum functionality as well as an aesthetically-pleasing solution.

Dr. David Curtin and Dr. Sarah Janowski do not place dental implants, but they can recommend a trusted oral surgeon who does. After the implant is in place within your jaw bone, they can affix your prosthetic tooth to your implant.

The dental implant serves as an artificial tooth root and is typically made of biologically safe titanium. This new tooth will be made to look, feel and function just like your own natural teeth!

Steps to Receiving a Dental Implant

  • Analysis: Your oral surgeon will complete a thorough analysis to decide on the ideal placement of the implant.
  • Surgical Procedure: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone while the patient is under local anesthesia. The surgical site is then allowed to heal, and the implant is allotted time to bond to the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.
  • Prosthetic Placement: Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient will come to our office where we will fit the implant with the new prosthetic tooth. The restoration is then complete!

Dental Implant-Supported Dentures

Dentures can slide around in the mouth and be uncomfortable, while dental implants, on the other hand, are a more permanent way of replacing teeth. The concept of dental implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. If you are missing several or all of your natural teeth, you will benefit greatly from the combination of dental implants and dentures.

When you have few or no teeth, your body will begin to reabsorb your jawbone. This reabsorption will cause your facial structure to diminish, resulting in facial collapse. Once you have lost a significant amount of jawbone, you dentures will not fit properly and can fall out at inopportune times. However, if you get dental implants, you can prevent the jawbone reabsorption. The implants will also secure the dentures, so they will stay in place.

Overdentures

If several of your teeth are loose or painful, they may not be able to be saved. In this instance, we can remove some of the teeth and place an overdenture. This may be the best option for preventing infection and restoring your dental health.

Before regular dentures are placed, all teeth have to be removed, which causes the jawbone to recede. An overdenture is placed over some of your natural teeth; making the denture more stable and significantly preventing bone loss.

To prepare for your overdenture, your dentist will remove portions of the teeth that extend beyond the gum line. A root canal may also be performed to remove any infection. In addition, the teeth may be covered with small metal caps for more protection. Next, we’ll take impressions of your mouth to ensure the overdenture fits precisely.

Blue Stone Hills Dentistry

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