Dental Implants: The Benefits and Basics
Looking for a good option to replace your teeth? Depending on what your needs are, you may want to consider dental implants.
Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
Having a missing tooth can cause embarrassment and harm to your other teeth. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth overcompensate for the missing tooth by redirecting chewing to the opposite side of the mouth or by putting extra pressure on certain remaining teeth. Also, teeth support one another and want to connect. If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift. This will cause your overall bite to become not aligned correctly and chewing to become difficult or painful. If you have a missing tooth, there are options for replacing that tooth or teeth and restoring your smile! A dental implant is one of these great options.
Receiving a Dental Implant
A dental implant, or tooth implant, is often the first choice when replacing a tooth. It is a titanium screw that lies under the gums taking the place of your missing tooth’s root. The titanium implant is used as an anchor to your new permanent tooth.
A dental implant usually takes two appointments. At the first appointment, the titanium screw will be placed. Once the bone and tissue around the dental implant have healed, a crown (new tooth) is placed and anchored to the implant at the second appointment. The crown will feel and act similar to your original tooth, permitting you to chew and smile naturally.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In many ways, implants are far superior to other forms of tooth replacement.
Those with dentures will often say that they’re difficult to get used to. On the other hand, implants are just like real teeth and sit comfortably and stably inside a person’s mouth.
Limitless Food Options
Dentures put significant restrictions on what a person can eat. Some people are unable to eat their favorite foods as a result. They also cover the roof of someone’s mouth, often diminishing the taste of food. However, implants act just as regular teeth and won’t stop a person from eating and tasting certain foods.
Because implants act like real teeth, they are the most natural-looking tooth replacement option on the market. Unlike dentures, they won’t slip around in a person’s mouth. Along with that, dental labs can create implants that match the natural shade of your teeth and gums, so they’ll look perfectly natural.
Dental implants completely permanent, unlike dentures or bridges. These other types of tooth replacements need to be removed occasionally. Implants are stable and remain for the duration of a person’s life. Instead of removing them to clean them, implant-wearers just brush and floss them like real teeth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
In the past, many people were not able to be candidates for dental implants. This is still the case at many dental offices. The reason is that certain implants use the back of a person’s jaw to place the implants. If a person suffers significant bone loss as a result of tooth loss, it’s likely that the back of their jaw will not be able to support implants.
At Coddington, we offer the revolutionary new procedure Hybrid Prosthesis. This is a dental implant procedure that uses four simple implants in the front of the jaw, instead of the back. This allows many people to get implants who weren’t previously eligible. In fact, about 90% of those who have been told they are not implant candidates are able to undergo Hybrid Prosthesis. It’s also minimally-invasive and will give you a full set of brand new teeth in one day. Learn more about Hybrid Prosthesis here.
While dental implants sound intimidating, there is no need to fear. At Coddington Dental, we offer sedation to patients who qualify. Let us help to restore your smile.
Nearly all patients with missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. Schedule a consult today to see if a dental implant is the best solution for your missing tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants
While we’re happy to answer your questions, our frequently asked questions below may save you some time!
Are dental implants safe?
Yes. In fact, dental implants are much better for you than conventional dentures. While dentures don’t support the healthy development of your jawbone, dental implants do. With our all-new technology, dental implants are also safer than ever before. The procedure is minimally-invasive and you won’t feel a thing.
Do dental implants last forever?
Aside from rare cases, dental implants do last forever. However, this also depends on the patient’s ability to adequately care for them. Because they’re like real teeth, you’ll need to brush and floss implants regularly. This will ensure that your dental implants will last a lifetime.
How do dental implants feel?
Dental implants look and feel almost identical to real teeth. They’re made up of a composite blend of materials that is similar to teeth. Patients also report that implants feel much better than dentures. While dentures are often clunky and uncomfortable, implants feel like regular teeth. They’re comfortable to speak, eat, and live with.
Can dental implants be done in a day?
Yes! With our revolutionary new Hybrid Prosthesis technology, we can now place implants in one day. While it takes a few months for the titanium posts to fuse with your jaw, you’ll receive temporary dentures in the meantime.
Coddington Dental is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.
Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.