what is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a durable, convenient and long-term solution that act as natural teeth and with proper care can last a lifetime. Typically the implant comes in limited shapes, but Start Smiling customizes implant sizing to your specific requirements, and forms the teeth with high-end quality porcelain or zirconia. The implant is positioned into the jawbone behind the visible gumline in order to allow a replacement tooth or a bridge to be mounted in that area. Over the next 3 to 6 months, the jawbone heals and the implant secures in place as the bone fuses around the implant.
An abutment (connector post) is then attached to the dental implant to hold the crown (replacement tooth). For multiple teeth replacement, abutments may be used for a bridge or denture.
An impression of your mouth is made to create a model of your teeth. It is used to create your new crown, bridge or implant supported denture. The crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the abutment(s). By filling in missing teeth, the bridge and denture prevent health problems that would occur if left empty. Problems such as, a deteriorating jawbone, and the inability to properly chew and digest your food, which can lead to more significant health problems. Dental implants preserve and increase bone growth as well.
Anita, Green Bay, WI
Dental Implant Patient
Signs You May Need Dental Implants:
-Do you have one or more missing teeth?
-Do you notice your teeth shifting because of the missing teeth?
-Do you have ill-fitting dentures or partials that inhibit your ability to enjoy food?
-Do you want a permanent long term solution?
Answering “yes” to any of these questions means that dental implants could be a great choice for you and is worth exploring
How can I benefit from dental implants versus a removable denture or partial?
- You’ll look and feel great.
- Dental implants feel, look and function like healthy, natural teeth. You take care of them as you do your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. They help maintain healthy bone levels in your jaw which can help you retain your natural shape of your face and your smile.
- They are permanent and secure.
- No more clicking or slipping of your dentures! You can talk, eat and laugh with confidence again without worrying about the ill fit of your dentures
- They are long lasting.
- Dental implants that are properly maintained can last many years.
- Other dental options such as dentures and bridges generally need to be replaced every 5-10 years, requiring additional costs and appointments.
- They support and protect facial bone.
- Bone loss starts as soon as a tooth is extracted and continues until it is replaced. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement choice that helps stimulate bone growth and prevent additional bone loss.
While the costs of dentures or partials may seem much less expensive, when you factor in long term health and stability, and the fact that generally bridges or dentures need to be replaced every 5-10 years, Dental implants are very cost competitive with other tooth replacement choices. And when you factor in long term oral health and quality of life- implants are a great choice!