Your teeth perform many important jobs. Along with biting and chewing, the teeth are essential for proper speech, your smile, and the integrity of your jawbone. When you suffer tooth loss, all of these functions are affected, as is the quality of your life. If you have lost teeth, it is essential that they are replaced right away. Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. This solution involves the surgical placement of small titanium posts in your jawbone. Your bone gradually fuses to the posts, turning them into replacement tooth roots that are then used to provide support for the ceramic crowns that act as your replacement teeth. The fusion of your bone to the posts is a process called osseointegration, and it turns the posts into strong, stable roots that anchor your new teeth securely in place.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to meet many different needs. There are numerous types of implants, including:
|•||Single tooth implants. A single tooth implant is used to replace an individual tooth. A single post supports a single crown.
|•||Multiple teeth implants. A multiple teeth implant replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth. The number of posts needed depends on how many teeth are being replaced and the condition of your jawbone.
|•||Full arch replacements. A full arch replacement is used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Typically, this type of restoration uses 6 to 8 implant posts to support the entire arch of teeth.
|•||All on 4. All on 4 is a type of full arch replacement. This particular treatment is used when you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw, helping to avoid the need for a bone graft. Instead of 6 to 8 implant posts, your new teeth are supported by only four posts.|
Placing Dental Implants
Getting dental implants requires surgery. Your surgery begins with small incisions in your gums, which provides access to your jawbone. Next, holes are drilled into your bone, and the implant posts are placed inside. Your gums are sutured closed, leaving a small amount of the implant posts above the gum line. Finally, temporary teeth are placed.
Recovery after implant surgery typically takes several weeks to several months. During this time, your bone gradually fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. We closely monitor your healing to ensure that there are no issues. Once you have fully healed, we take impressions of your mouth and create your final restorations, which are set into place on your implant posts with small screws.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits associated with dental implants.
|•||They provide you a completely natural appearance.
|•||Your new teeth feel and function exactly like your real teeth.
|•||Implants are much more comfortable than traditional treatments. Your teeth are supported by the posts rather than your gums.
|•||You can take care of your dental implants exactly like you take care of your real teeth.
|•||The posts restore stimulation to your jawbone. This helps to stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw, preserving its strength and integrity.|
Dental implants provide an incredible alternative to traditional bridges and dentures, offering you a long-term, more comfortable, more natural looking solution for your tooth replacement needs. Call Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (503) 567-4121 today to schedule your appointment and find out if dental implants are right for you.