What are Dental Implants?
If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants you can eat virtually anything and smile with confidence!
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Implants replace the missing tooth root creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
Small posts known as “abutments” are attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for your new replacement teeth. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implant placement is a short procedure lasting only 20 to 30 minutes in most cases. Dr. Laudenbach provides local anesthetic in the most gentle way possible so that there is no discomfort during the treatment. Our patients frequently tell us they have almost no discomfort even on the same day / afternoon / evening after dental implant placement. Patients typically take something like Advil liqui gels or Tylenol Extra Strength regularly every 6 hours after treatment and have a backup pain medication which is rarely ever needed. Please be sure to take a look at what our patients are saying about dental implant placement in the patient testimonials area. In many cases patients are surprised that the procedure was much more straightforward than what they had imagined and wish they had started treatment sooner.
Dental Implant Facts
- Are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised
- Help preserve the jawbone to prevent the appearance of premature aging
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Are placed / restored in the doctor’s office with minimal discomfort! Most of our patients report minimal to no discomforton the same afternoon / evening of treatment.
- Improve your comfort, appearance, and speech.
- Have over a 95% success rate. If an implant is not successful it may be easily replaced after a brief waiting period of a few months
- Allow you to eat the foods you love
- Never develop tooth decay
- Allow you to talk, smile, and laugh with confidence
- Represent a conservative treatment option – your adjacent teeth are left untouched unlike traditional crown and bridge treatments.
- Never require root canals
- Can provide great stability for dentures and prevent bone loss caused by dentures
- Can completely eliminate the need for a denture
- Can help people of any age
- Are natural looking and very long-lasting
What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant.
A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants.
A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.
A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a dental professional.