Dental Implants - Perfect for Broken or Missing Teeth
If you’re thinking about dental implants, you might have a lot of questions. When you have broken or missing teeth, you know how embarrassing it can be but dental implants can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. You can feel more confident about your appearance.
Here is information on dental implants. See below for pictures of dental implants to help you get an idea of a potential Before & After dental implant procedure.
When you’re ready to set up an appointment to discuss dental implants, let us know. We’re here to help with any questions you have!
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is permanently anchored into your jawbone. It provides a permanent base for your tooth replacement so you can have custom crowns attached. The crowns are the new teeth that will replace any broken or missing teeth.
The dental implant becomes part of your jaw so it’s a natural look and the teeth look natural. You can eat and drink and floss and brush your teeth again after you’ve had dental implants added.
Are Dental Implants Better than Bridges or Dentures?
Dental implants are preferred over dentures that can sometimes cause mouth sores or irritate the gum line and are typically ill-fitting on the lower jaw. They’re also preferred over bridges because healthy teeth will need to be ground down to make the bridge.
Your dental implants will help to prevent deterioration in your jawbone which can happen when you have dentures. And, adding dental implants won’t damage your other teeth.
What are the Benefits of Having Dental Implants
Dental implants can last your entire life if you care for them. The success rate with implants is above 95 percent.
Benefits of having dental implants include:
You can have a healthy and confident smile
You will no longer have missing or broken teeth
You can eat and drink without discomfort
You can have regular conversations and laugh without worrying about denture slippage
You don’t have to remove and clean implants daily like you would with dentures
You don’t need to apply adhesives like with dentures
Your jawline won’t deteriorate over time the way it would with dentures
Maintaining Good Oral Health
Maintaining good oral health is part of having your new dental implants. You’ll floss and brush your teeth as you normally would. However, if you had teeth extracted due to poor oral hygiene, it’s important to start a proper oral regimen.
When you set up your consultation with our periodontist, we will discuss your dental implant options. We’ll discuss proper oral care to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
Types of Dental Implants
There are different types of dental implant options we can discuss with you.
More than one implant
If you have healthy teeth and gums, we may recommend implants for any missing or broken teeth. Once the new teeth are attached, this can help to improve your smile.
A single dental implant
If you only need one implant, we can help to fix a damaged tooth or a missing tooth. And, your smile will look natural as we’ll match the shade with your other teeth.
Why Straka Periodontics?
When you choose Straka Periodontics, our team of doctors will help to restore your smile. We know you want a smile so you can feel confident again and our restorative team is here to help.
We offer a professional service that will treat any underlying dental issues first because we want you to have a healthy mouth. We’ll make recommendations to help you maintain good oral hygiene after your implants are added.
Dental implant procedures vary by patient and whether or not the teeth are existing or already missing and the patient’s health history/healing. Average implant healing time is 3-4 months if the tooth is missing. If the tooth needs to be extracted and have a bone graft placed that will take an average of 3-4 months to heal and mature then the implant can be placed and another 3-4 months until the dental implant is adequately integrated into the bone and can withstand the forces of your mouth. A cone beam image (CAT scan of the face) is typically required along with a surgical guide for exact placement of the dental implant. Once the dental implant has integrated completely we will release you back to your general dentist to begin the restorative phase.