Dental Implants: Permanently Replace Missing Teeth
If you live in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area and are looking to have treatment with dental implants, or want to learn more about them, then you’ve come to the right place! We hope you find the information below helpful, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have or to learn more about Dr. Mihran Asinmaz and his training and expertise.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed into the jaw to restore a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You can think of dental implants as simply the prosthetic equivalent of the root of a tooth. Dental implants have many important uses and are the main reason for the advances that have occurred in dentistry over the last two decades.
Why should I get dental implants?
Dental implants will allow you to increase your ability to chew food as well as improve the appearance of your smile by restoring the spaces left from missing teeth.
Missing teeth not only reduce your chewing ability and take away from your smile, but your remaining teeth will have a tendency to shift and cause changes in your bite. This can put unfavorable stress on all your other teeth and can cause more dental problems such as the cracking of teeth, spaces between teeth, crowding of teeth, decay, jawbone and gum disease, and even jaw/TMJ pain.
Is this going to hurt? How long does it take?
Dental implants are often placed with minimal postoperative discomfort. A single implant can be placed in as little as 30 minutes with precision thanks to technological advances.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A dental implant needs adequate jawbone quantity and quality in order to be placed successfully. X-rays and CT scans, as well as a clinical examination, will determine whether you have enough good bone to place an implant. If not, not to worry! With today’s bone grafting techniques, we can prepare an area that does not have enough healthy bone and turn it into one that can safely accommodate a dental implant.
How long do dental implants last? How long do I have to wait before I can have teeth put on them?
Dental implants have approximately a 97% success rate and will generally last a lifetime. Implants usually require about 3-4 months of healing time after the initial placement. During this time, your body will actually begin to build new, healthy bone around the implant and “lock” the implant in place. This process is what we call “osseointegration”. Once this process is complete, we can begin to restore (place a crown) the implant.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Here are some amazing ways dental implants can be used to restore missing teeth:
- Implant crown: A dental implant can be restored with an implant crown, and the missing tooth will look “as good as new”.
- Implant bridge: Depending upon the number of teeth that are missing, multiple implants can secure a fixed (non-removable) implant bridge. The bridge can replace as few as 3 teeth all the way up to replacing all teeth.
- Implant denture: Multiple implants can be used to secure a removable denture in place. The denture will “snap” into place and this will provide extra retention. It’ll be nice to know that your denture will always be secure whenever you are eating and speaking.
- Fixed-removable denture (hybrid): Multiple implants can be used to fabricate a full denture that is screwed down. It is called a fixed-removable because it is screwed down in place but can be removed by the dentist if repairs are ever needed.
- All-on-4: This treatment is ideal for patients whose jawbone may be too thin or brittle to support traditional implant dentures. It only uses four strategically placed posts to hold an entire full denture in place. Two posts are located at the front of the jaw where the bone is naturally thicker, and two more are located toward the back at an angle to help them provide maximum support. The denture simply fits on top of these posts, and in most cases, the implants and the denture can be placed in just one visit.
If you’re ready to stop dealing with your missing teeth, dental implants can offer a natural-looking, life-long solution that can restore your smile in every possible way. If you think they’d be perfect for your smile, please contact us today for a consultation.