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Dental problems and risk of dental diseases increase with age. While you regularly brush and floss your teeth, in certain cases, it may not be enough! Not to worry, we can help you fix the problem at the root.
Have you lost one or more of your teeth due to an injury or dental disease? You can still rejuvenate your smile and boost your oral health with dental implants!
A dental implant is a synthetic root shaped like a post. It is surgically placed in your jawbone and is usually made of titanium: the material used in hip and knee replacement. Titanium is well-suited for airing with human bones.
An artificial tooth is then fixed to the implant. It may be removable or attached permanently. The latter are more stable and natural looking.
Ideal candidates for dental implants are patients who practice good oral hygiene and don’t smoke. They must have healthy gums, no signs of gum disease, and a sufficient amount of bone left in their jaw.
We can help walk you through the process here.
Single or Multiple Implants
Dental implants are versatile. For a single missing tooth, one implant and one replacement tooth will suffice. If you have several teeth missing in a row, strategic implant placement can hold up a permanent bridge (of replacement teeth).
A full bridge or full denture is a good option if you’ve lost all the teeth. It can also be permanently fixed using a few implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional dentures and bridges aren’t fixed to the jaw bone. They remain unstable, making it difficult to eat or smile confidently.
Implants look, feel, and act more like your natural teeth. They have a stronger bite too. Since they don’t directly rely for support on the neighboring teeth, implants don’t affect your natural teeth.
While bridges last for seven to ten years, implants typically last a lifetime.
It’s important to care for your replacement teeth, just as you would do for your natural teeth. Implants also require daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups. The better you take care of them, the longer the implants last!
Our services include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation Sinuses often enlarge following the loss of upper back teeth. This could prevent your dentist from placing the implants. The sinus is an air-filled area, but the dental implants must be surrounded by a solid bone.
A sinus augmentation or graft is carried out in this situation. It is a surgical process performed to restore your sinus cavity to its natural size. The bone lost due to enlargement is replaced as a result.
Healing typically takes 9 to 12 months. Dental implants can then be placed into the newly grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting Sometimes, the ideal area to set an implant will not have sufficient amount of bone. This may necessitate borrowing bone from another area in your mouth, grafting it in the required area for implants.
Usually, the bone is taken from the chin area or from the back of your jaw.
- Implant Site Development If a tooth has to be removed because of infection, your bone will remain intact in most cases. In such cases, bone grafting can be done while removing the tooth. This will facilitate placement of the implant later on.
- Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning We use special software to evaluate your dental CT scans. A three-dimensional evaluation allows us to examine bone quantity, quality and location. This allows us to place the implants in the best possible manner.
With the help of these scans, we can work closely and smoothly to ensure an ideal result of your dental implants.
- Implant Maintenance After restoration of your dental implant, it is important that you keep the area clean and free of infection. Just like your natural teeth, dental implants can also accumulate tartar and plaque.
Whether you have one or several dental implants, scheduling a professional cleaning is essential to keep them healthy. The time duration between the dental cleanings will be recommended by your dentist, depending on your individual needs.
Your reasons for getting dental implants may vary considerably. From accidents, to dental complications, they provide an instant solution to your problem with a new set of replacement teeth.
Similar to your actual teeth, a premium set of dental implants requires the same amount of maintenance and care.
At Alexandria Art of Dentistry, we walk our patients through the whole process, ensuring their treatment is relatively quick, painless and highly rewarding.
Do you still have any questions? Please feel free to call us!