Dental Implants

Dental implants have become the standard of care in the treatment of tooth loss. Practically indistinguishable from natural teeth dental implants are regarded as the most life-like option for replacing one or more  missing teeth. Dental implants are permanent, non-removable, and extremely durable, typically lasting a lifetime.  Additionally, implants completely restore oral function after tooth loss.  Dental implants are biocompatible, with nearly 98% success rate.

Comparison of dental implants with natural teeth: How closely do dental implants resemble natural teeth?

Made from a textured titanium with screw-like design, implants are surgically embedded into the bone. Bone has a high affinity to titanium and will naturally fuse around the implant’s post within a few months. This process is referred to as osseointegration, allowing the implant to function similarly to a tooth’s roots once fully integrated.  Once the titanium implant is secured by the surrounding bone, patients will enjoy stability and durability when chewing, speaking, and partaking in daily function. Dental implants are truly bionic, non-magnetic, resistant to dental decay, and less prone to periodontal disease, which normally is the cause of tooth loss.  Once the implant matures, the implant aids in stimulating the surrounding bone, thereby lessening the likelihood of bone loss by preventing resorption.

A dental implant is considered a tooth root replacement located below the gum line. Artificial dental crowns or bridges are life-like prosthetics that placed over a titanium abutment that acts as the tooth stump.  Custom prosthetics made to match the exact color and contour of the existing teeth, support adjacent teeth and reestablish the patient’s proper bite with the opposing teeth. Our Crowns and Bridges are made of the highest quality ceramics ensuring the most esthetic outcome.

In addition to restoring oral function and filling in the gaps of a smile, dental implants and dental crowns provide support to adjacent teeth, which prevents teeth from drifting or super erupting into the opposing empty spaces.

The health of a patient’s gums, existing teeth, and jawbones must be evaluated to determine if the implantation process will be successful. In order to properly visualize appropriate bone levels and path for implant placement, 2-Dimensional X-rays or 3-Dimensional CBCT Scans are often required.

Sometimes the bone volume and or quality  is insufficient to successfully support an implant. Under these circumstances, the patient would require an additional procedure called bone grafting.

Before dental implants, patients were very limited in treatment options that were comfortable, natural looking and hygienic. Dental implants are the closest option to natural teeth available. Implants are able to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.

Due to the natural process of bone atrophy in the absence of teeth, long time denture wearers would lose valuable bone volume over time resulting in reduced mass and volume.  This would cause dentures to move and shift during normal function leading to pain, discomfort, and difficulty chewing and speaking. Because of these physiological changes, patients are likely to have their dentures relined, use messy adhesives, or receive new dentures to eat and speak comfortably. This is an ongoing problem that continues to cause more bone loss over time.

Fortunately, All-on-4, 6, or 8 dental implant  prosthetics can eliminate the need for messy adhesives and eliminate the need for multiple sets of dentures over time by anchoring teeth in place with dental implants and promoting jawbone health. This allows patients to retain as much bone and gingival tissue as possible.

How All-on-4, 6, 8 Works

The All-on-4, 6, 8 dental method works by using a series of small dental implants embedded in strategic locations to anchor and support an entire arch of prosthetic teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed directly into the upper or lower jawbones. After the procedure, the jawbone will fuse around the titanium implant posts ultimately securing them in place.  Dental restorations are then attached to abutments on the implants. The prosthetic of choice varies and can be customized to fit any budget.  This allows patients to eat and speak comfortably without any movement of the restoration of choice. An added benefit to implant supported restorations are, implants act similar to the roots of teeth and help prevent jawbone atrophy. When place well, implant are 98 % successful and can last a lifetime.

All-on-4, 6, 8 Cost and Affordability

When compared to the costs associated with traditional dentures, bridges, and other forms of tooth replacement, the All-on-4, 6, 8 method  to replace teeth can be more cost effective long term.

Furthermore, because dental implants support and promote bone health, patients are less likely to require invasive procedures in the future such as bone and gum grafting treatments.