Are you ashamed of your smile? Broken, missing, discolored, and crooked teeth cause millions of people to hide their smiles. You do not have to live that way. Dental implants can restore your smile, improving your appearance and returning functionality to your mouth.
There are two main types of dental implants: single implants and whole-mouth implants. A single dental implant replaces a single tooth. We prep the jaw to prepare it for the implant. Depending on the state of your mouth, this process can involve several steps. First, we remove the existing tooth. Next, depending on the condition of your jaw, we may suggest adding bone tissue to the area so that the implant will be more successful. After that has healed, we install a screw into your jaw. The screw is the anchor for the new implanted tooth. The implant also serves an important medical purpose. Once it is firmly established in your jaw, it becomes a placeholder for an actual tooth. That helps reduce bone loss in the area, which can help preserve your nearby teeth.
If you need several teeth in a row, or even an entire upper or lower jaw full of teeth, we handle the implant in a different manner. Instead of installing an entire mouthful of individual teeth, we handle the implants as a group. We use anchor screws to hold the teeth to the gums, but this process requires fewer screws, and thus fewer pieces of invasive hardware in your mouth. Like with individual implants, we may need to do a bone graft to strengthen your jaw. In fact, if you have a significant periodontal disease or extreme bone loss, we may have to do additional grafts before the implants to improve your likelihood of success. The process can be time-consuming for some individuals, but for other people it is possible to leave the office with new teeth on the same day!
How do you find out what your process will involve? It all starts with a consultation. Contact us today to schedule yours. During a consultation, our dentists and dental professionals will examine your teeth, take x-rays, and develop a treatment plan. They will thoroughly explain the process, including explaining why steps may be necessary. They will also outline the full costs for any treatment you choose- no surprises here! Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful smile and the type of patient care that gives you a reason to show off that smile!