Dental implants can improve your life, and your smile.
Missing teeth can pose many problems. Not only are your smile and appearance affected, but you may find it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Fortunately, there is a solution that can restore the appearance and function of missing teeth. High-tech dental implants are rooted right into the jawbone and covered with a custom porcelain crown, which looks and functions just like a real tooth. The result? A permanent solution for missing teeth that lets you eat without pain, talk normally, and look your best.
The process begins with a procedure, performed by an oral surgeon, to strengthen the area in the jaw that will support the implant. Today’s implants look like tiny metal rods and are constructed from highly durable titanium, a material that has the unique ability to fuse with human bone tissue.
Once the implant is put into place, it is ready for the crown, which covers the entire implant and blends in with your other teeth for an entirely natural appearance. The finished product is also very strong, allowing you to eat just about anything without pain or hassle.
There are many types of implants available depending on your particular need and situation. Implants fall into three general categories:
- Single-unit implants: This type of implant is designed to replace a single missing tooth. They are virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth, except they may be stronger, last longer, and are impervious to cavities.
- Multiple-unit implants: These are used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth (such as back molars). Two implants can support multiple crowns without sacrificing strength or durability, restoring your ability to eat and chew normally.
- Overdentures: If you wear dentures, you know they can become loose and prone to slipping. The longer you wear a denture, the more bone loss you experience. This may lead to the denture “floating” in your mouth, increasing the chance that it will slip unexpectedly.
With an overdenture, the denture is anchored to the bone with titanium implants, so it cannot float or slip. Depending on your particular case, we may design one that snaps into place or is secured by a special bar that is invisible when the denture is worn. In addition to helping you avoid the embarrassment of slipping dentures, overdentures can protect you from further bone loss.