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Dental Implants Improving Wayne Smiles

State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement

According to the latest research, over 120 million Americans are currently missing at least one or more teeth. If you count yourself among this group, then you’re probably well aware of the eating, speaking, and confidence issues even a single missing tooth can cause. Thankfully, dentistry has come up with a replacement that offers the next best thing to nature: dental implants.

Dental implants are the only treatment that actually replaces both parts of a missing tooth: the root and crown. As a result, the new teeth are not only extremely stable and durable, but realistic-looking as well. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of them, dental implants can help you reclaim your complete smile for a lifetime. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, contact Wayne Family Dentistry today.

Missing One Tooth: Single-Tooth Implants

Animation of implant supported dental crown

A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone to recreate the root structure of a lost tooth. For patients missing a single tooth, this new prosthetic root can be used to support a crown to fill in the gap in their smile. It will be made entirely of natural-looking porcelain, and it will connect directly to the implant using something called an abutment. Once in place, it should blend seamlessly into the smile in both look and function.

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Missing Multiple Teeth: Multiple Teeth Implants

Animation of implant supported dental bridge

If a patient is missing more than one tooth in a row, dental implants can also be used to support a bridge restoration. Two implant crowns are placed on either side of the gap in a patient’s smile, and these are bonded to prosthetic teeth to fill it. Compared to traditional bridges, implant bridges appear more lifelike, have a more secure fit, and can be trusted to last longer as well.

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Missing All of Your Teeth: All Teeth Implants

Animation of implant supported denture

Do you have a denture that is constantly moving around in your mouth? If so, dental implants can make it stop! With an implant-retained denture, the teeth are secured directly to the jawbone using multiple prosthetic roots. This gives a denture a level of security a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t match, plus they have been shown to restore much more of a person’s bite strength. This allows a patient to enjoy a wider variety of foods with ease.

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The Cost of Dental Implants

Animations of implant crowns

Dental implants are extremely versatile, so the overall price of the treatment can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their particular needs. It’s important to note that while implants do often cost more upfront than traditional bridges and dentures, they are actually the most cost-effective replacement over time. Normal restorations typically need to be completely redone every 7-10 years, while dental implants can easily last for more than 30 with routine oral hygiene alone, making them a onetime investment for many patients.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Before you invest the time and funding into a complex dental implant tooth replacement plan, you may want to take some time to better understand the many benefits of dental implant supported tooth replacement plans. Some of the benefits you can look forward to include:

  • Long-lasting – traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures will need to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years to ensure proper function. An implant supported prosthetic can last for three decades or longer with proper care.
  • Self-supporting – unlike their traditional counterparts that rely on surrounding teeth and oral structures for support, dental implant posts mimic tooth roots, providing necessary stability without potentially damaging surrounding teeth.
  • Increased stability – especially for removable denture wearers, implant posts improve the stability of the prosthetic. Where traditional dentures return about 20% of chewing ability, an implant supported partial or full denture allows for 70% or greater chewing ability.
  • Natural function and appearance – once in place, your implant supported dental crown, bridge, or denture will look, feel, and function almost exactly like your healthy, natural smile. You can even care for these teeth the same way you would your natural smile.

Dental Implant FAQ’s

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Is there anything you’ve been wondering about dental implants? For your convenience, here are answers to some common questions that we’ve received. If there’s anything else you’d like to ask, or if you have any concerns regarding dental implants or lost teeth in general, contact Wayne Family Dentistry for a consultation today.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Once the titanium implant has been surgically inserted into the jaw, osseointegration takes place; this natural process allows the bone in the jaw to bond with the implant. Not only does this increase the stability and strength of the implant (allowing it to provide greater chewing power), but it also prevents bone loss by allowing the jaw to continue to receive stimulation from chewing.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Generally speaking, anyone with good oral health should be able to get a dental implant. This means having infection-free gums, enough jawbone to integrate with the implant, and an excellent oral hygiene routine. Heavy smoking, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or recent radiation therapy can all hurt your candidacy for dental implants. Overall, though, it’ll be decided on a patient-by-patient basis; we can examine you during your initial consultation and decide how to proceed based on your health history.

What’s the Process of Placing a Dental Implant?

Once we’ve decided to move forward with the process, we’ll perform any necessary procedures such as bone grafts to ensure that the implants are successful. Once everything’s ready (which might take a few months), we’ll perform the surgery to put the implant in the jaw, but the crown or other dental prosthetic won’t be placed yet; it’ll take about 4 to 6 months for healing and osseointegration to be complete. After that, we’ll attach the abutment, and a few weeks later the tooth replacement will finally be ready.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are highly durable and long-lasting. With proper maintenance and good oral care, they can easily last 20 to 30 years – even the rest of your life in some cases! However, crowns and bridges will still need to be replaced periodically.

To take care of your new teeth:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste when brushing.
  • Make sure to clean the area under and around the implant crown.
  • Use dental floss that’s specifically designed to be used with implants; you can also use an oral irrigator (also known as a water flosser).
  • Visit Wayne Family Dentistry regularly so that we can make sure your implants are still in good shape.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Failure might occur if osseointegration isn’t successful (which can happen due to low bone density or factors such as smoking that can disrupt healing) or if there’s an infection in the gum and bone supporting the implant. With that said, though, numerous clinical studies over the last 50 years have shown implants to have a success rate around 95%. Our dentists have the knowledge and the experience to recognize potential issues that could disrupt the implant process and address them ahead of time.