Of all the options available to replace missing teeth, dental implants are the best. There is no other tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result.
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What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure Dr. Martins uses to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
How do Implants Work?
During a minor surgical procedure, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. It will then be left to heal for a period of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually fuses to the bone surrounding it.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Implants Replace One Tooth:
Replace One Tooth — When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, implants can easily last a lifetime making them the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.
Implants Replace Multiple Teeth:
Replace Multiple Teeth — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants again provide an ideal replacement solution. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, Dr. Martins can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath.
Implants Replace All Teeth:
Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. It’s comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth.
Implants Support Removable Dentures:
Support Removable Dentures — Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. But Dr. Martins can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the gums surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
Why Choose Martins Dental Partners?
As a Board Certified Periodontist who has placed over 1,000 implants, Dr. Martins is a specialist with the advanced training & certifications you’re looking for when considering a single dental implant, a complete smile makeover or anything in between.