Replacing Broken or Missing Teeth
Dental implants are a good way to replace a broken or missing tooth. They are also good for providing more stability to dentures. Dental implants require a more invasive procedure than other cosmetic work, but the result is usually a more natural feel with the same stability and support as real teeth. With dental implants and crowns, you’ll never have to worry about what food you want to eat because they function just like regular teeth.
Dental implants are titanium posts or frames that act as tooth roots. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once inserted, the artificial teeth are mounted directly onto them using a connector called an abutment. These artificial teeth provide more comfort than removable dentures. Occasionally, dental implants may need to be tightened or repaired due to normal wear.
Dental implants are used to:
- Replace single teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve problems brought on by missing teeth (bite problems, joint pain, etc.).
- Restore your smile entirely.
- Restore your ability to properly chew and/or speak.
- Restore/repair damaged tissues.
- Provide support for a bridge or denture.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process can take many visits over months.
In the beginning, x-rays and molds will be taken of your teeth and jaw. This is to help Dr. Regan DDS see the bone, gum tissue, and space available for the implant(s). During the procedure, he will numb you and surgically insert the titanium implant into the jaw bone. You’ll be required to heal (up to six months) from this procedure so that the bone will heal and fuse around the implant, fixing it in place and giving it that stability.
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery might be needed to place the post that will hold the artificial tooth in place. Most implants have the post attached with the initial surgery.
The artificial teeth are then specially made and fitted to match adjacent teeth or to give you your perfect smile. This step of the process may take up to a couple of months because multiple fittings may be needed. Once healed enough and ready, the artificial teeth will be attached to the implants.
Our staff will give you instructions on maintaining your new implant(s). Following these instructions and maintaining good oral health will help the longevity of your implant(s).
How much do dental implants cost?
There are several factors that contribute to the cost of implants. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can recommend the best treatment for your needs.
Who is a Candidate?
Dental implants can be helpful for anyone who has missing teeth or diseased/decaying teeth. The main thing is the amount of jaw bone available for the implant(s). If you have insufficient or weak jaw bone, you may be ineligible to receive dental implant treatment.
Can older people get dental implant surgery?
Age is not a big concern when it comes to dental implants. Your overall health is taken into consideration. Certain diseases may hinder your ability to get dental implants. Generally, if you are healthy enough to have teeth extracted and you have enough jaw bone, you should be able to get dental implants. Our staff will be able to tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.