Implants

Your smile is intricately linked to your self-confidence, so when you have missing teeth, it isn’t something to ignore. With the accessibility of dental implant surgery, you don’t have to go through life hiding your teeth.

Dental implants are a solution to the problem of missing teeth. The implant itself is a metal screw that is placed into the jawbone. After the implant procedure itself, your new, replacement tooth is inserted (depending on your plan of treatment).

With your new implants, you’ll have teeth that are almost identical to the real thing. They look and feel natural, and they perform all the functions that your real teeth once did.

But implants aren’t for everyone. You’ll need a dental implant consultation to make sure you’re a candidate for this procedure.

What to Expect in a Dental Implant Consultation

If you’ve been considering implants as your oral health fix, call St. Johns Smile Care to schedule a consultation. During this visit, you can expect the following:

  • An oral exam – Your dentist will check over your teeth and gums to get an idea of the overall health of your mouth. Then the two of you will go over your medical history to ensure you are physically able to undergo the procedure.

Part of this determination is based on your bone density. For the implant to be successful, you must have enough healthy bone left after your tooth is extracted. Your dentist will go over this information with you after your evaluation.

  • X-rays – Your oral health goes beyond the visual aspects. An X-ray or 3D scan helps us get the full picture of what’s behind the scenes in your mouth. This is how the dentist will determine your bone density and how much healthy bone will be left once your tooth is extracted for the implant. It’s also used to get an exact positioning for the implant.
  • Your Options – With a complete understanding of your past and present medical history and oral health, your dentist can determine potential treatment options. If dental implants are on that list, you’ll know at this time! 

If you’re on the fence about implants, be sure to ask your questions today. You should be confident that this procedure is right for you before continuing.

Part of your treatment plan discussion will cover topics such as how long you can expect the treatment to take and how many appointments that includes, what type of anesthesia will be involved, and what the recovery and aftercare will entail.

Types of Implants

The dental implant procedure is different depending on what you’re having done. Single teeth implants versus multiple and implants over prosthetics that you already have will all have different procedures.

Single Tooth Implants

When only one tooth is problematic, your dentist may recommend an immediate denture. This treatment, as the name implies, means that at the time of your extraction, a prosthetic tooth is immediately inserted.

This requires appointments ahead of time to create the denture before your extraction is performed. This new, immediate denture protects your gums as you heal.

Beyond the immediate, temporary denture, your implant treatment plan also is determined by the location of the problematic tooth: anterior or posterior.

  • Aesthetic Anterior Implants – Your anterior teeth are the group of teeth that include the incisors and canine teeth. Fractures and other problems may have caused an anterior root to have to be extracted. When this occurs, a dental implant can replace the damaged tooth.

In an anterior implant, an immediate denture is typically placed. Temporary, or replacement, teeth can have a crown on them so that the permanent crown can be placed later. 

This provisional tooth is not fully functional. It’s used for aesthetic purposes, keeping your opposite teeth from biting off your new dental implant. It also lets your bone regrow around the implant and fuse to it. Once this process is complete, your final crown will be placed. 

  • Posterior Implants – Posterior teeth are the premolars and molars towards the back of your mouth. Implant procedures for these are similar to the anterior, with a few tweaks.

First, there must be sufficient bone available to support the implant. If not, a bone grafting procedure may be suggested. 

In situations where there is a healthy bone, the tooth is removed and the implant is usually affixed to the bone at the tip of the tooth socket. The empty area is filled with bone grafting material. A temporary removable partial denture may be placed for aesthetic purposes.

However, if grafting is necessary, these steps are delayed while the bone graft occurs. The implant replacement may be on hold while the bone graft is added into the area where the tooth roots are now missing, creating a site sturdy enough for the new, permanent placement.

Implant-Supported Prosthetics

When you get a dental implant, a metal screw is placed in your jawbone, anchoring the artificial teeth, or dentures. It’s not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Multiple treatment plans may be suggested for you.

  • Implant Over a Full or Partial Denture – In some cases, your dentist may recommend an implant instead of a full or partial denture. 

Sometimes, this implant can be used to help secure your full or partial dentures. Other times, however, based on individual circumstances, an implant may be better overall than the full or partial denture.

  • Implant Hybrid – The hybrid denture is the most innovative dental care for people who are missing all of their teeth. Removable dentures are great, but they have their downfalls. A fixed, hybrid implant is screwed into place and can’t be taken out by anyone but your dental specialist at your follow-up visits.

In a hybrid, there is a special framework created that the implants are screwed into for stability. The teeth are set on the bar in a similar way as how a denture works. Once the framework is implanted into your mouth, you can bite and chew in almost the same way as your natural teeth allowed.

Wondering if a dental implant is the right procedure for you? Call today and schedule an appointment for your implant consultation!

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At St. Johns Smile Care, we provide our patients with high-quality care in a friendly, supportive environment. Our services range from preventative screening and exams to restorative and surgical care. We offer the best care for your oral health and we want you satisfied!

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