Here at the Smile Boutique Group, we understand tooth loss is often very upsetting. It can negatively impact self-confidence and your ability to eat. When you lose teeth, it is important to replace them. Even the loss of a single tooth can affect your dental health, destabilizing your remaining teeth and changing your bite. Luckily, dental implants can provide a long-lasting solution, restoring your smile with naturallooking teeth that feel strong and stable. We can perform the entire dental implant surgery here in our dental office, so you are assured of receiving high-quality, compassionate dental care from a dental team you know and trust.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants surgically replace a natural tooth root, using a small, medical-grade titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone. Afterward, the post will gradually integrate with your jawbone. Titanium is extremely biocompatible and encourages new bone to grow on and around the implant post, firmly fusing it in place. This provides a strong anchorage point that will comfortably support a new dental restoration. After the implant post has fused with your jawbone, it will be fitted with your new implant crown, while multiple implants can hold a bridge or denture.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
Most people are suitable for dental implant surgery. Age isn’t a barrier and we frequently recommend dental implants for seniors, especially for people with loose, uncomfortable dentures. It is far more important to have good general and dental health. Possible contraindications for treatment include diseases that affect your immune system such as poorly controlled diabetes which can slow down the healing process after surgery. If you smoke, then we strongly recommend quitting because this can also delay healing.
What are the Different Dental Implant Options?
There are many different implant systems and often the cost of dental implants is very affordable. After your consultation for dental implants at the Smile Boutique Group, our dentist will discuss solutions they feel most suited to your needs and your budget. While replacing single teeth is very straightforward, there are several options for restoring complete arches of teeth. One choice is to have a dental implant bridge that is permanently cemented or screwed onto your implants or a removable implant-supported denture. Sophisticated implant treatments such as All-on-4 or All-on-6 dental implants allow us to restore a complete arch of teeth shortly after your implants are placed. You might also hear these treatments called 1-day dental implants.
Dental Implants Benefits
Implant treatment is safe and predictable and has extremely high success rates, typically 95% or more. Dental implants are especially good for restoring a single tooth because there is no need to cut down healthy adjacent teeth to support a dental bridge. Artificially restoring a tooth root helps to prevent bone loss in your jaw which occurs naturally after teeth are removed, which is important for maintaining your facial dimensions and for the long-term stability of your remaining natural teeth. Each implant restoration is custom-designed to look and feel natural, providing the correct support for your facial muscles while ensuring you can bite and chew in comfort. Maintenance is easy with good daily oral care and regular checkups and cleanings. With the proper care, your implants could last for many years or even for life, so treatment is often highly cost-effective, especially in the longer-term.
Placing a Dental Implant: What to Expect
After an initial consultation with our dental implant dentist to determine your suitability, we will need to perform some diagnostic tests including x-rays and a CT scan. These allow us to assess your jawbone, making sure it is strong enough to support your implants and to precisely plan the position of each implant. Pre-planning ensures the actual surgery is relatively quick and that treatment is smoother and more comfortable. Afterward, your new teeth might be fitted on the same day or alternatively, we will supply you with temporary teeth while your implants fuse with your jawbone, so you need never be without a smile. Implants are the most advanced way to restore missing teeth while helping to preserve and protect your dental health. Would you like to discover more about this versatile treatment and how it could help you? Please contact us to schedule your initial consultation for dental implants with the Smile Boutique Group.