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Missing a tooth? A dental implant might be the solution you are looking for.
Missing teeth are not only unsightly and embarrassing, they can also lead to a host of serious oral health issues. Finding a tooth replacement that is attractive, effective, and reliable is of the utmost importance. We at Crown Point Implants have the solution.
Dental implants are the most effective and attractive tooth replacement solution available in dentistry today. Dental implants are our specialty here at Crown Point Implants, and our professional and caring staff is here to help you determine if dental implants are the right choice for you and your dental needs.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The titanium post then serves as the new root to which an artificial tooth is then attached. Dental implants are fused to the jawbone itself, providing an incredibly stable and natural-feeling support for the artificial tooth. Implants can also be used to secure and stabilize dentures and bridges. Dentures and bridges that are mounted to implants will not shift or move in your mouth when speaking or eating. This secure fit also lends itself to a much more comfortable experience than traditional bridges or dentures alone.
Some people are unable to receive dentures or bridges due to sore spots, poor ridges, or gagging. Implants allow these otherwise unfit patients to receive the care that they need by providing a proper support for the structures. Furthermore, bridges require healthy teeth to attach to on either side of the space left by the missing tooth or teeth, but with implants no teeth must bear the load of the bridge.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two distinct kinds of dental implants that the American Dental Association deems to be safe.
Endosteal Implants: The traditional and most widely used variety of implant, where the titanium post is placed in the jawbone itself.
Subperiosteal Implants: The implant is placed under the gums, but not directly into the jawbone itself. The implant is usually placed on or above the jawbone. This less common variety of implant is used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbone available for a traditional endosteal dental implant and who do not wish to undergo jawbone augmentation.
Here at Crown Point Implants, we offer both varieties of ADA-approved dental implants to help as many patients as possible.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
In order to be eligible to receive a dental implant your mouth must be in relatively good health. You must have healthy gums and adequate bone structure. Our qualified staff will help determine if your oral health is at the level required through examination. However, even if your bone structure is not adequate, there are techniques available that can rebuild your jawbone. These include:
Jawbone Augmentation: This is simply the process of rebuilding the jawbone. This process is most commonly done by bone graft, which requires placing bone material on the affected area and allowing it to adhere to the jawbone. This creates a larger, more stable foundation to which the implant can be safely placed.
Sinus Lift: Also known as a sinus elevation, this procedure is essentially the same as the aforementioned jawbone augmentation. In this procedure, bone graft material is grafted onto the bone below the sinus cavity. This procedure is necessary in cases where a patient has lost a substantial amount of bone density as a result of missing top molars.
Ridge Expansion: This procedure is used when a patient’s jaw is not wide enough to support a dental implant. In this case, a bone graft is used to expand the width of the jaw to the point where the implant can be inserted.
As you can see, all three of these procedures require a process called bone grafting. While bone grafting might sound intimidating and painful, it, like most modern oral surgeries, is generally painless and minimally invasive. In some cases, a bone graft is simply done at the time of the tooth extraction. When the tooth has been missing for an extended period of time, the area must first be numbed using a local anesthetic. A small incision is then made to expose the bone so the oral surgeon can finally attach the bone graft material to the exposed bone. The bone graft material contains collagen and proteins that help encourage healthy bone growth. Recovery time can vary greatly, from only a few weeks to as long as nine or more months before a dental implant procedure can be performed.
We specialize in implants here at Crown Point Implants so you can put your trust in our team of highly experienced dentists and oral surgeons who will help you figure out if dental implants are right for you. Regain your confidence, smile and let us guide you through the process as efficiently and comfortably as possible. Schedule a consultation today.
5 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants
- No More Cavities.
- Your new dental implant is made from titanium and porcelain, or other non-degradable materials that are immune to decay. Meaning you no longer have to worry about tooth decay and the costly procedures that occur as a result of decay.
- No Shifting or Moving
- Your implants are inserted directly into your jawbone, creating a new, incredibly strong, artificial root that resists movement of any kind. With your new implant, you can eat and drink without fear of any unwanted movement or shifting.
- Provides a Secure Base for Dentures & Bridges
- By anchoring your dentures or bridges with a dental implant, you gain the benefit of the strong base that implants provide. Implants also make it possible to receive bridges if the teeth surrounding a gap are unfit to serve as the foundation for a bridge. Implants also eliminate the slipping and clicking that are so often associated with dentures.
- Looks and Feels Just Like Your Natural Teeth
- The artificial root made by the dental implant not only lends itself to a secure base, this also means that the implant will fit perfectly in your mouth, creating a comfortable fit. You won’t even be able to tell that the implant is not one of your natural teeth. Furthermore, with a plethora of shades available, our dentists will make sure that your new dental implant matches the shade of your natural teeth.
- Limited Maintenance
- Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement method. Once the implant is in place, only a minimal amount of effort and care is required to maintain the health of your implant. In fact, dental implants require no additional or special treatment beyond your normal dental hygiene routine.