Dental Implants

Dental implants have changed dental treatment. For the first time in history, when someone loses a tooth, we can put the tooth back. This prevents weakening surrounding teeth by using adjacent teeth to support the missing tooth. This is revolutionary! More than that, implants can be used to support multiple teeth, make dentures rigid and stable, even make dentures that don’t need to come out of your mouth. Dental problems that used to be unsolvable are now solvable.

Benefits

  • Immediately functioning teeth – It is possible to have dental implants and new, fully functional teeth in just one session.
  • Preserves facial appearance – When you lose the entire tooth, crown and root, shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process.
  • Perfect fit – and smile – A new ceramic crown or bridge can be made to fit perfectly in your mouth. It is almost impossible to distinguish a real tooth from a ceramic crown restoration
  • You can eat what you want – Implant-supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely in your jaw. This allows you to eat your favorite foods in comfort and confidence.
  • Saves healthy teeth – With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
  • A solution for life – A dental implant and ceramic crown or bridge offers a long-lasting solution, often for life.
  • Boosted self-esteem – Once you experience the benefits of new and permanent teeth, you may well experience renewed confidence and improved quality of life as well.
  • No decay – By far, the most common reason for a crown or a bridge to fail is because decay starts at the margin where the crown meets the natural tooth. Titanium implants cannot decay.

Dental Implants: Modern Replacements for Missing Teeth

An accident, injury, or disease can cause tooth loss. Having an incomplete smile may damage your self esteem and cause oral health problems. Without a replacement tooth, the remaining teeth shift and the bone can start to deteriorate. Dental implants can replace missing teeth and allow patients to lead the full, active lives they deserve.

What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which acts as an anchor for replacement teeth. Shaped like a screw, it is surgically placed into the jawbone to secure a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Stable and permanent, implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. They are an ideal tooth replacement procedure because they look and feel like natural teeth. Studies show that dental implants have a 95 percent success rate in most cases.

Why Choose Implants
Implants are great for patients who are unable to wear dentures. Instead, Dr. Breen’s oral surgeon will place the implant directly into the jawbone to support permanently cemented bridges. Implants can be made from several different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. When surgically anchored into the jawbone, the implant fuses with living bone in a process known as “osseointegration”. After your mouth heals, usually in three to six months, Dr. Breen will place a permanent crown over the post to complete your smile restoration.

FAQs about Dental Implants

Do I really need to replace one tooth?
A missing tooth leaves a gap in your smile, which can make you feel self conscious about your appearance. As well, even one lost tooth can damage your oral health by causing other oral health problems. Dental implants can replace one tooth or the whole mouth full, giving you back a solid, healthy smile.

Am I a candidate for implants?
For successful implant placement, you need to be in good overall health, have good dental health, and sufficient bone structure. Dr. Breen will perform a full evaluation to see if dental implants would fit your personal situation.

How do I care for my implants?
Treat your implants like you would your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, and schedule routine checkups with the dentist. Following these steps will make for successful implant therapy and a gorgeous smile.

What are implant-supported dentures?
If you are not a candidate for dental implants to replace all your teeth, Dr. Breen may recommend implant-supported dentures, which will create a more secure situation with your dental appliance. With implant-supported dentures, several titanium posts are placed in your jaw bone so that the denture can snap on to the implants, reducing slippage and improving comfort.

How much do dental implants cost?
Because each case is unique, it is impossible to estimate the cost of implants until you meet with Dr. Breen. After a complete exam, Dr. Breen will explain the findings and review treatment options, which will include the cost of the implants.