Permanently Close the Gaps
Just a single missing tooth can cause a multitude of appearance and health problems for a person’s smile, and those issues only compound as more teeth are lost. Fortunately, Premier Care Dental is able to provide the most complete and state-of-the-art replacement available today: dental implants. No matter how many teeth you are missing, they can provide long-lasting and natural-looking results you’ll be able to enjoy for decades to come. To learn more about how dental implants can help you regain your complete smile, contact us today.
A dental implant is actually a prosthetic tooth root that is placed directly into the jaw in order to support any number of replacement teeth. Implants are the only treatment that actually restores a tooth both above and below the gum line, and because of this, they are also the only one that can prevent the jawbone loss that is so common after tooth loss.
In order to get dental implants, you will first need to undergo a minor surgery. Using advanced imaging technology, we’ll be able to find the perfect places to position your implants so your new teeth can be trusted to stay stable and secure. Once the procedure is over, you’ll be given a few months to heal, during which the implant (s) will naturally bond with the surrounding bone. Then, you’ll return to Premier Care Dental to have your teeth attached to the implants.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Two of the most common restorations we use with dental implants are implant-retained crowns and bridges. With a crown, we can replace a single tooth, and with a bridge, a few teeth in a row.
For a crown, it will be connected to the implant using a small metal screw called an abutment. Once this is done, the tooth should be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth, as it will be made of natural-looking dental porcelain and shaded to completely blend with your smile. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental appointments, you can count on your implant to last for 30 years or more.
With an implant-retained bridge, two implant crowns will be placed on either side of the space in your smile, and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth to close it. Compared to a traditional bridge, implant bridges have a more secure hold and can be trusted to last longer as well.
If you have multiple missing teeth, or even if you are missing all of your teeth, we can use dental implants to give you a denture that won’t slip and slide around your mouth. After placing numerous implants into your jaw, they will be topped with ball-shaped connectors that the dentures will simply snap onto. The end result will have numerous advantages over a traditional removable denture:
- Stronger Fit: Because the implant denture is anchored directly into the jaw as opposed to just sitting on the gum tissue, the hold will be much more secure and stable.
- Longer Fit: Thanks to the internal jawbone support provided by the implants, the denture will maintain its original fit for much longer, preventing the bone loss that robs most dentures of their fit.
- Harder Bite: Implant-retained dentures give a patient a much stronger bite force compared to normal ones, allowing them to enjoy a more varied and healthy diet with ease.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants have been around for decades, but many people are only learning about them recently. If you have never heard of dental implants, you might have a lot of questions regarding their effectiveness, reliability, and functionality. At Premier Care Dental, you can get dental implants in Klamath Falls as well as ask Dr. Jordan Singer any questions you may have! For reference, we’ve included a few of the most common questions he’s heard for your convenience.
How long does dental implant treatment take to complete?
On average, dental implant treatment typically takes six to eight month to finish in total. Of course, this varies depending on the complexity of your needs. For example, if you have preparatory obligations like bone grafting, gum therapy or other treatments to complete before the placement stage, it can extend the length of your treatment. Furthermore, the healing stage requires four to six months before we can safely place your permanent restoration. If your case is complex, we may need more time to plan the surgery in order to make it as predictable and successful as possible.
Does dental implant treatment hurt?
While it may seem intimidating at first, dental implant treatment is not a particularly uncomfortable experience. During the surgery, your mouth will receive local anesthetic to ensure the most comfortable experience we can provide. With that said, aftercare may include minor soreness and swelling, but this is common for any type of oral surgery. We’ll make sure that you know all the right aftercare steps so you don’t run into complications.
How do you take care of dental implants?
Caring for dental implants after you’ve had them placed means taking the time to rest and maintain a soft diet as they heal. It also means taking it easy, making sure not to overexert yourself physically or participate in any strenuous exercise for the next 48 hours. Do not eat or drink hot liquids until the anesthetic has worn off. Do not touch the surgical area with your tongue or your fingers. We’ll discuss long-term care in more detail before your surgery.
Are dental implants safe to receive?
When placed by a professional, dental implants are completely safe. Their success rates fall between 95 and 98 percent, making them extremely effective at replacing teeth and lasting decades at a time. We only ask that you avoid the use of tobacco products as they can easily irritate your gums as they undergo the healing process.
Can I eat what I want with dental implants?
In the beginning, it’s important to stick to a soft diet. However, once they have fully integrated and your restoration has been placed, eating the foods you’ve always loved will feel like a breeze! Even tough foods like steak, apples, jerky and nuts are easy to chew and break down thanks to the long-term integration dental implants undergo. As long as you practice daily oral care and make sure to clean the area directly underneath your implant-retained restoration, there’s no reason you should have to worry about the foods you eat with dental implants.