Dental Implants Provide Unparalleled Stability for Your Restoration
In comparison to living with missing teeth, having a full set of straight, healthy, reliable teeth generates greater self-confidence and overall, a higher quality of life. With dental implants, you can enjoy permanently secured, independently anchored replacement teeth that can last the rest of your life. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts inserted into the jaw, where they provide stable support for a crown, bridge, or denture. Our doctors, David Ijams and Clarissa Turner, restore dental implants. During an appointment at Cordova Dental, we can help determine whether this type of restoration is right for you. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more.
Understanding the Impact of Missing Teeth
Research tells us quite a bit about the future of people with missing teeth. According to statistics, if you are missing even a single tooth, you are likely to lose more teeth over the next few years. In addition, missing teeth allow healthy teeth to shift out of position. This alters occlusion, or how the upper and lower teeth fit together, and can ultimately cause temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder and other oral health problems.
Types of Implant-supported Restorations
Many brands of dental implants are on the market today, but the structure and concept behind the innovative prosthetic is the same across the board. Most implants are made of biocompatible titanium due to its durability and resilience. A single implant can secure a crown, and a few implants can anchor a bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A minor oral surgery is required for the placement of dental implants. Our doctors can refer you to a local oral surgeon or periodontist for the surgical portion of an implant procedure. The surgeon will first determine the best location in the jawbone for an implant, then make a small incision in the gum and place the implant in the jaw.
Over the next three to six months, the patient may wear a temporary restoration as the implant fuses to bone tissue. Once the implant is fully integrated with the bone, a permanent restoration is attached. Your dentist at Cordova Dental will oversee your entire case, and the final restoration will be designed and placed in our office.
Why Choose Implants?
Dental implants offer many benefits over traditional dental prosthetics. Here are just a few reasons to consider implants and implant-supported restorations:
- With proper care, implants can last a lifetime
- Daily care and maintenance is simple
- Dentures can be fixed or removable
- They look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Because they are anchored to the jaw, implants deter the bone loss that results from missing teeth
- They offer improved self-confidence, with no slipping dentures and a full, natural-looking smile
- Implant-retained dentures will not require relining and refitting, because they do not rely on jawbone ridges on the gums for retention
- Implant-retained dentures do not require messy denture adhesives
- Healthy teeth do not have to be altered, which is the case for traditional bridges
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
If you are unhappy with your traditional dentures or need one or more missing teeth replaced, speak with our doctors about dental implants. We look forward to helping you achieve a reliable, attractive smile. Schedule your appointment at Cordova Dental today.