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An implant is thin metal cylinder surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. The abutment for implants can secure anything from a single crown to a complete denture.

You can also read about our unique procedure for an All-On-4 Implant that replaces dentures.

TopDo I Need a Single Tooth Implant?

An implant is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth and keep a good-looking smile. A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that’s surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. After a period of healing, a new tooth is then attached to the implant.

Placing a dental implant after a tooth’s been lost can prevent a chain reaction of problems that could affect the entire mouth. Teeth need each other for support. When a tooth is lost, it changes the biting forces on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing that tooth, as well.

As your bite changes, it becomes increasingly difficult to chew your food, possibly damaging your jaw joint, the TMJ.

It’s much harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and the permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease.

A bridge is another way to solve the missing-tooth problem. But two advantages of an implant over a bridge are that the teeth next to the space aren’t affected with an implant as they are in the preparation for a bridge. Also, the implant helps stop the ongoing bone loss that occurs once a tooth has been lost.

A missing tooth really changes a person’s smile, but a dental implant can replace the missing tooth and greatly improve your smile!

TopA Single-Tooth Implant: The Procedure

Restoring the mouth with a dental implant is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implant. It is left under the gums for several months so the bone can attach to it. After healing, the second phase begins; the implant is re-exposed, and the new crown is made.

For the surgical placement of the implant, you will be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed.

An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.

The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in the gums and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line. Your dentist will then begin a series of appointments to create your new crown.

Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the new crown.

The success of the implant depends on the care you provide at home, and the support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings.

TopDo I Need an Upper Jaw Implant?

Occasionally, a patient just isn’t able to comfortably wear an upper denture. He may complain of constant pain or a persistent “gaggy” feeling. Or he might say his upper dentures just don’t stay in place.

Simply put, for these people, the transition from their own teeth to an upper denture just never worked out.

In such cases, implants may be the answer. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Bone in the upper jaw is continually lost once teeth have been removed. Implants help to stabilize the bone.

There are several ways to use implants on the upper jaw to replace a denture. One way is with a modified denture that’s open on the palate. It clips to a bar that connects the implants. You can remove this device for cleaning by yourself at home. Another option is a bridge. It may be cemented in or held in place by screws.

Securing your teeth with dental implants can make a world of difference. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.

TopUpper-Jaw Implants—The Procedure

Restoring the upper jaw with dental implants is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They’re left under the gums for several months to allow the bone to attach to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.

For the surgical placement of the implant, you will be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth will be numbed.

An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.

The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line. Your dentist will then begin a series of appointments to create your new teeth.

Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the teeth.

The ultimate success of implants depends on the care you provide at home, and support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings.

TopDo I Need a Lower Jaw Implant?

If you have a lower denture, you probably know how hard it can be to eat comfortably. When lower teeth are lost, the bone in the jaw continually recedes. Even worse, there are nerves passing through these holes in the jaw that can end up on the surface of the bone. If this happens, there is a great deal of pain when you bite down.

Fortunately, it’s usually possible to place implants into the lower jaw. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth.

One way to use implants on the lower jaw is to connect the implants with a bar and then put clips into a new lower denture. These clips snap onto the bar and keep the denture from rocking and shifting. A denture, like this one, can still be removed for easy access and at-home cleaning of the implants and bar. Another option is a lower bridge. It may be cemented in, or held in place by screws.

Using dental implants to support either a lower denture or a bridge will keep the pressure off the bone and nerves. The implants also help stop the bone loss in the jaw that continues once teeth have been removed. Securing your teeth with dental implants can make a world of difference. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.

TopA Lower-Jaw Implant

Restoring your lower jaw with dental implants is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They’re left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.

For the surgical placement of the implant, you’ll be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed.

An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.

The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line.

Your dentist will then start a series of appointments to create your new teeth. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist makes precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the teeth.

The ultimate success of implants depends on the care you provide at home, and the support they receive through regular checkups and cleanings.

TopWhat is a two-implant bridge?

Using implants to support a bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Like other bridges, a dental bridge uses abutments for support and to hold it in place.

Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Artificial teeth are attached to the implants and can be used as part of a bridge.

Placing a bridge after teeth have been lost can prevent a chain reaction of problems that could affect your entire mouth. Teeth need each other for support. When a tooth is lost, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing this tooth, as well. Also, as your bite changes, it becomes increasingly difficult to chew your food, possibly damaging your jaw-joint, the TMJ.

It’s also much harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and the permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease.

A partial denture is another way to solve the missing-tooth problem. But implant-supported bridges offer several advantages over partial dentures. For one, you can avoid the clasps and metal work that come with a partial denture. Also, an implant can help stop the continuing bone loss that begins when teeth are removed. All things considered, using dental implants to support a bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

TopPlacing A Two-Implant Bridge

Restoring the mouth with implants and a dental bridge is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They’re left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.

For the surgical placement of the implant, you’ll be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed.

An incision is made in the gums, and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.

The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line.

Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. Your dentist then begins a series of appointments to create your new teeth.

From the impressions, your dentist will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the bridge.

The ultimate success of the implants depends on the care you provide at home, and the support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings.

TopAlternatives to Implants

Implants are often used to replace missing teeth. If you decide against implants, there are a few other options.

  • partial dentures
  • bridges
  • full dentures
  • delaying treatment

If you have some remaining teeth, a partial denture may be an appropriate alternative. A partial denture is held in place by clips or other special attachments. It can do a nice job of replacing missing teeth.

A bridge might also be a good alternative if there are teeth remaining next to the affected tooth. There are several types of bridges, but they all use the neighboring teeth as anchors.

If you now wear a denture, replacing or relining it may allow you to continue to use it.

Delaying a decision is always an alternative, although it’s often not the best one. But you may decide to wait while you consider your options.

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