Permanent Restorations For Lost Teeth
Everyone will experience tooth loss as their adult teeth develop. However, if you’ve lost adult teeth, you know how much it can affect your daily life and your self image. Losing adult teeth can make it harder to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Additionally, the longer tooth loss goes untreated, the more at risk you are of developing serious oral health issues such as gum disease, misalignment, and more.
There are a multitude of restoration methods available thanks to modern dentistry, but not all of them can offer a long term solution or adequate protection against tooth-loss related health issues. Fortunately, at Downtown Dental Group, patients of our talented dentists can take advantage of restorations that look and function like real teeth and also provide added protection against tooth loss-related oral health issues. This method is called dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are natural-looking dental restorations designed to replace any number of missing teeth. Implants are made of three parts:
- The post is the foundation and is usually made of titanium or zirconia
- The abutment is the connector piece that attaches the foundation to the restoration
- The crown is the restoration that replaces the missing tooth
Unlike dentures or bridges, implants are surgically placed and the benefits they offer in terms of stability, appearance, and longevity make them the most recommended method of tooth replacement available from modern dentistry.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are often favored by patients due to their unique benefits, including:
Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw where they fuse to the jawbone in a natural process called osseointegration. The fusion of bone tissue and implant material means your restorations won’t fall out when you eat, speak, and smile.
Dental implants are custom made to look and function like your natural teeth so they blend seamlessly with your smile.
The titanium post of an implant mimics the tooth root, which sends signals to your body to regenerate bone tissue, preventing loss of jawbone density or resorption.
Prevents Infection and Inflammation
Spaces left behind by missing teeth are essentially wounds that are vulnerable to infection and inflammation. Dental implants are rooted into your gums, sealing these wounds to help prevent infection and inflammation.
Restores Bite Force
Losing teeth reduces your bite, putting extra pressure on your remaining teeth and making them more prone to damage from wear and tear. Dental implants can almost completely restore your bite, taking excess pressure off of your natural teeth.
Restorations for dental implants are often made of ceramic-like material that’s non-porous, making them stain-resistant.
Dental implants can last twenty years to a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams with our dentists at Downtown Dental Group.
The Dental Implant Process
Before our dentists can recommend dental implants, you’ll undergo a consultation to determine your candidacy. Your dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and gums, review your medical history, and ask you questions about your oral health. They’ll also tell you about your other options so you can make an informed decision.
Designing Your Implants
Once you and your dentist have both agreed that implants are the right treatment method for you, we’ll take images and impressions of your teeth. These images and impressions will be sent to an off-site laboratory, where they’ll be used as blueprints by technicians who will design your custom made restorations.
To prepare your mouth for your new implants, we’ll clean it out to create a sanitary environment. Then, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to the surgical site so you’ll be numb to any pain and feel comfortable during your procedure.
Once we’re sure your anesthetic is working, your dentist will make small incisions in your gums and surgically insert your implant posts into your jaw. You’ll return to have your restorations attached once the posts have fully integrated with your jaw, a process that usually takes three to six months. While you’re recovering, you’ll receive a temporary crown and a “healing cap” to cover the implant site. Expect the implant location to be tender for several days following placement.
When you return to Downtown Dental Group, your dentist will attach your custom crown restorations to the implant posts with abutment pieces. You’ll be able to leave our Manhattan, KS office that same day and show off a fully restored smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does getting dental implants hurt?
During your procedure, we’ll use a safe anesthetic to numb you to any pain. After your implants are placed, some minor tenderness is normal, but should go away within a few days and be easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medication. If you’re still feeling tenderness after a week, contact Downtown Dental Group at 785-776-0097 or submit our appointment request form to schedule an appointment. We’ll do our best to resolve any issues you may be having.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Applying a single implant usually takes about one to two hours, but this time can vary depending on your unique case. Expect longer procedure times if you’re receiving multiple implants. At your initial consultation, your dentist will give you a breakdown of the entire implant process, including the amount of time your procedure will take.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of your dental implants will vary based on several factors such as the number of implants you require, your level of oral health, the type of implants you’re receiving, and your insurance. We encourage you to call your provider beforehand to ask them if they can cover some or all of the costs of your implants and procedure. We work to accept most forms of dental insurance.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You’re missing one or more teeth
- You have sufficient jawbone density and gum tissue
- You’re committed to practicing proper oral hygiene and attending regular dental exams
- You’re looking for a long lasting solution to tooth loss and its related issues
Give Yourself a Healthy, Beautiful Smile With Dental Implants
With dental implants you don’t have to put up with the trouble caused by tooth loss anymore. Our talented dentists can restore your smile to a healthy, beautiful state with these lifelike, long lasting restorations. To learn more about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation, dial 785-776-0097 or submit an appointment request form.