Jean-Portrait_1A dental implant is a surgical grade titanium alloy post that a periodontist or oral surgeon positions into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. While high-tech in nature, implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

An implant is the ideal method of tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits.

Implant restorations look and feel similar to your own teeth. Because dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.

Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health. Why sacrifice more teeth?

Implants are stronger than natural teeth and have the potential to last a lifetime. The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement. They are so natural-looking and feeling; you may forget you ever lost a tooth.

Dental implants  will allow you to once again eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures.

If you already wear dentures and your dentures fit poorly, dentures can be improved by anchoring the dentures to the dental implants.  In some cases dentures can be fabricated that will snap-on speciality designed attachments which help to secure the dentures. The improvements achieved with these attachments can be dramatic. These attachments can also provide the opportunity to remove the plastic palate from an upper denture. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to eat and feel the roof of your mouth with your tongue again!

Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of implants. The ideal candidate is in good general and oral health and is free of periodontal disease.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are dental experts who specialize in this area, they are the ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel like your own.

What is All-on-four (4) treatment?

A method for tooth replacement referred to as All-on-four (4) treatment can be beneficial for replacing unhealthy teeth or removable dentures with a permanent (non-removable) hybrid dental bridge supported by 4 or more implants.  In some cases your replacement teeth can be attached to the implants the same day of the implant insertion.  The All-on-four (4) treatment was developed as an alternative for patients that had been traditionally viewed as non-candidates for this type of treatment because they didn’t have enough jawbone structure to support dental implants.  Dr. Brown and your general dentist will consult with you to determine your specific condition and will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs that will make your teeth more functional.

What is 3D Dental Implant Imaging? Why is it necessary?

Dr. Brown has successfully integrated digital radiography and Cone Beam 3D imaging into his practices and believes that Cone Beam Volumetric Imaging in necessary for precise and safe planning of his implant cases. The many advantages of the CBVI over the available types of images include the highly accurate visualization of head and neck structures and reduction in x-ray doses.

Dr. Brown uses the CBVI for all of his implant cases. The scan provides him the imaging necessary to determine the precise location of important anatomical structures such as nerves and the sinus cavities in relation to positioning of the implant fixtures.

What can I expect after treatment?

As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits.Implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!

After treatment, Dr. Brown will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.

Benefits and Advantages of Implants

Every way you look at it, implants are the optimum solution to the problem of missing teeth. The benefits are:

  • Excellent Esthetic Results
  • Tooth Saving
  • Reliable & worry-free
  • Predictable and successful results and outcomes
  • Improved quality of life
  • Youthful appearance
  • More confidence

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