Dental implants are the most stable, reliable method for retaining dentures and partials, and they do not require alteration of healthy teeth, as bridges do. If you need to replace one missing tooth, a few teeth, or you’d like to improve your denture security, talk with our doctor at Summit Dental to learn whether dental implants are an option for you. Our doctor takes an interdisciplinary approach with a local oral surgeon or periodontist to ensure that you receive the most specialized care for implant placement and restoration.
Not everyone makes a good candidate for dental implants, though most of our patients qualify. At your consultation, the doctor will answer all of your questions and perform an examination of your mouth. He will also order x-rays to evaluate your jawbone’s density and health. Good implant candidates have good oral health, no gum disease, and solid jawbone density. In most cases, those who do not immediately qualify can undergo prerequisite procedures to improve candidacy. Once oral health, including gum health, is restored and jawbone density repaired, you may be re-evaluated for implants.
Dental implants require a brief, outpatient oral surgery as phase one. The surgery is performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist who collaborates with your Summit Dental dentist. During the procedure, a predetermined number of small, titanium implant posts will be strategically inserted into your jawbone, for optimal stability and longevity. Most patients require three to six months of healing while the bone naturally incorporates the biocompatible implant posts. Once the implants are solid, you’ll return to Summit Dental for the second and final phase of the procedure, attaching your restoration.
Though dental implants can hold a single crown or a bridge, they are often used to stabilize dentures. Both upper and lower dentures can be secured to implants, either permanently or with the option to remove the appliance for cleaning. However, since most denture slippage occurs with the lower denture, implants are most often employed for mandibular denture retention.
With implant-retained dentures, four to six dental implants are secured in the jaw. The patient may wear a temporary denture until the jawbone completely fuses with the implant posts. Then, the final denture can be created and secured.
Compared to living with missing teeth, dental implants are a major quality of life improvement. However, they’re even preferable to traditionally retained prosthetics. With implants, you’ll enjoy these benefits:
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure, call Summit Dental today at 702-834-7755. We are accepting new patients and look forward to improving both your oral health and your smile!
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