Dental Implant Information
When it comes to finding solutions for your missing teeth, there is no better place to turn to than The Mugford Center for Periodontics’ & Dental Implants. We have years of experience pushing us forward to be leaders in our field. We also care about our patients and want them to be comfortable in whatever replacement option they choose. There are a wide variety of potential solutions, one of which being dental implants. We know implants up, down, sideways, and inside out. We can take care of any issue you may face and help you to have a bright, stable, and healthy smile once more.
What is a Dental Implant?
When you have missing teeth, a dental implant is a small titanium post that we can surgically install into your jaw in its place. This post will act as the “root” of a natural tooth and can help not only allow you to feel confident in your smile but also to repair some of the strength in your mouth and jaw. Implants are a great option because they are very versatile pieces that can be used to replace anything from single missing teeth to multiple or your entire mouth. The appliances that can be secured with an implant, giving you structure, peace, and stability once more.
Types of Dental Appliances to Pair with Implants
If you are missing a single tooth, you will likely get a crown to accompany your implant. This is a single false tooth made with porcelain and metal or composite material that is molded to look and feel exactly like a natural tooth, blending smoothly with your natural bite pattern. Another option if you are missing several teeth is a fixed bridge. This may require multiple implants to ensure that it is stable and secure, but it can replace several teeth in a row rather than having to undergo a separate procedure for each one.
There is also an option to replace all of the teeth on your top or bottom jaw along with your entire mouth. These implant-based dentures have numerous advantages over traditional dentures, such as stability, permanence, easier care, and a non-restricted diet (and no flavor sensitivity loss either!). Our dentists will help you to find the best fit for your unique circumstances and will help guide you through your procedure as well.
Before you can get an implant, sometimes you must undergo a bone grafting procedure. This means that your bone density, for whatever reason (bone loss from aging, disease, or even genetics), is too low to be able to withstand the implant process or to be able to support the implant for a long period. This can be remedied with a relatively simple procedure. For this surgery, we must first choose a donor bone to transplant. We can take this bone from another area in your jaw, another area of your body (hip or tibia-your shin-usually), a cadaver (human or bovine), or a synthetic blend.
When that is decided, we will open up your gums with a small incision to expose the bone. This is with anesthesia of course. Then, we will decide just how much bone we need to implant, and graft that amounts over the bone that you already have. Then, we place a healing material over the site and seal it up. Once the bone has settled and fused together, we are ready to insert an implant.
The Implant Process
When it comes time to install your implant, and your bone is the right density, we will administer you a local or general anesthetic depending on your preference. Then, we will open a small cut in your gums and expose the bone. We will insert the implant there, and then that will heal over the next 4-6 months. You will wear a temporary crown/bridge/denture in the meantime, but when it is healed, you can come on back, and we will get you fitted with your permanent piece.
Benefits of Implants
When it comes to making the decision to use a dental implant to solve your missing tooth needs, it is important that you know what kind of a difference you are making for your mouth. Implants are great because they provide solutions for the common problems associated with non-permanent solutions. Let’s talk about dentures, for example. These prosthetics sit on top of your gums and can cause many problems.
First and foremost, traditional dentures (both full dentures, partial dentures, and removable bridges) that sit atop the gums lead to bone loss. With nothing stimulating the bone beneath the surface, it over time deteriorates. Implants do not have this problem and improve bone growth and retention after their installation. They stimulate the bone in the same way that your natural roots do. Implants are longer and stronger than your natural teeth, which gives them an edge here as well.
Traditional dentures can also be extremely uncomfortable. They tend to shift and slide around, cutting into the gums or causing you to gag. Implants are secure and steady. They will not move and thus will not cause you to be uncomfortable. After they have fused with your jaw bone, you will not even notice a difference between it and your natural teeth. Implants are also extremely more natural looking than a denture system of any kind, as it utilizes what you already have versus making a new piece look similar.
The Mugford Center for Periodontics’ & Dental Implants wants to help you be comfortable once again. The longer you go without getting an implant, the more bone you lose. While implants may sound intimidating, we can assure you that you are perfectly safe and that no one will take better care of you than we will. Our staff is caring and knowledgeable and would be more than happy to make accommodations to ensure you feel welcome in our office. If you have any questions about our procedures, just give us a call today!