Implants and Mini-implants

Why are dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth?

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

  • Esthetic
    Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Tooth-saving
    Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
  • Confidence
    Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
  • Reliable
    The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

What are the benefits to replacing missing teeth?

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

What is involved in placing implants?

First, surgery is performed to place the anchor. Surgery may take up to several hours and up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold it in place. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the anchor to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.

After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the next step is begun. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.

Implant surgery can be done in a dental office. A local or general anesthetic may be used. Dr. Anderson will give you instructions on diet and oral hygiene.

Let us help you decide on the best course of action on replacing a missing tooth.

We provide the dental implants to permanently solve problems of lost or damaged teeth. As specialists in dental implant procedures, we want to discuss with you how we can restore your perfect smile. Contact Us and a member of our team will get in touch with you shortly to arrange for a convenient date for your free, private consultation.

Parts of a Dental Implant

A dental implant consists of 3 parts:

  • Implant – the titanium screw
  • Abutment – a small attachment that connects a crown with the titanium screw
  • Crown – the artificial tooth used to replace a missing tooth

Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Conditions that are necessary for the successful placement of a dental implant include:

  • Adequate and healthy jawbone
  • Disease-free gum tissue
  • Good general health
  • Favorable oral environment
  • Maintenance of oral hygiene

Your dentist can further advise you if you are a good candidate for an implant.

Uses of Dental Implants

The dental implant is a revolutionary technique in restorative dentistry that can be used in several ways to restore people’s smiles after they have lost their natural teeth. Implants can be used to:

  • Replace a single tooth (single implants)
  • Replace multiple teeth (implant-supported bridges)
  • Retain dentures (implant-retained dentures)

Success Rate of Dental Implants

One reason why dental implants are becoming so popular is their much higher success rate when compared to other teeth replacing options. If the proper protocol of placing dental implants is followed, the success rate can be as high as 93 to 98%.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Yes, dental implants have a risk of failure if the patient has:

  • Inadequate jawbone
  • Gum disease
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A habit of teeth grinding
  • Diabetes
  • A smoking history

What are Mini-Implants?

Mini Dental Implants are small implants that can be placed in one day to stabilize dentures. The whole procedure takes a matter of hours, with very little discomfort or recovery time. They are wonderful for those with a denture or other prosthetic that will not stay in place.

What is the mini-implant procedure?

First Dr. Anderson will numb the area, and use a special drill to create the space for the screws. Typically six mini-implants are inserted in these holes and tightened to serve as anchors. Your denture will be retrofitted with a metal housing for each post so that the denture can snap into place. Now that the denture is anchored, it cannot slip or move, and makes the denture-wearing experience much easier. The procedure causes little discomfort and requires almost no recovery time, so many patients are able to eat dinner that same day.