If you have missing or problematic teeth, you may be wondering what to do next. Thanks to technological advancements, patients today have more options than ever before.
Dr. Acree and the rest of the Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry team, are here to help you make an informed decision!
What is a Dental Implant?
We believe dental implants are the ideal solution for tooth replacement. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. An abutment or support structure is attached to the implant and links the post to the restoration. An implant can be used to support a single crown, fixed bridge, or entire arch of prosthetic teeth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is split into two minor surgeries. During the first surgery, Dr. Acree will make a small incision and place the implant into the gum tissue. During the next four to 12 months, the implant and your jawbone will slowly fuse together. This process is known as osseointegration. The powerful bond created by osseointegration allows the implant to mimic the root component of the tooth. In other words, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth!
After osseointegration is complete, we will perform a second surgery to expose the implant and place the abutment. Once the abutment is in place, we can take an impression and send it to the dental laboratory. Over the next few weeks, technicians at the laboratory will use the impression to fabricate your final restoration.
When your restoration is complete, we will check the margins and make sure there are no issues with your bite. We may need to make some last-minute adjustments. After we achieve the perfect fit, Dr. Acree will permanently cement the restoration to your implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement treatment, because of their many benefits. Implants are built to last. Under the right circumstances, an implant-supported restoration can last a lifetime.
Implants also allow you to enjoy your life without having to worry about your restoration. Other alternatives, such as traditional dentures, can lead to embarrassing and uncomfortable moments. Even with the use of adhesives, a denture may slip or cause discomfort while patients eat, drink, or speak. Your dental implant will become a part of your anatomy and can be treated like your natural teeth. To maintain an implant, all you have to do is implement good oral hygiene practices. Be sure to brush and floss daily, and schedule checkups at regular intervals.
Dental implants protect your healthy bone and help you retain a youthful facial shape and smile. When you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy. Without physical stimulation, your bone will begin to deteriorate over time. Thanks to osseointegration, your bone receives the stimulation needed to avoid atrophy. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents future bone deterioration.
Unlike traditional bridges and partial dentures, implants will not affect your surrounding teeth. Dental implants are non-removable and offer superior esthetics. An implant-supported restoration, whether it be a single crown or fixed denture, will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Schedule a Consultation visit!
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call (209) 531-9003, and schedule a consultation visit today!