Dr. Matthews has restored hundreds of dental implants in more than 25 years of restorative dentistry experience. Dental implants allow us to replace missing teeth with results that look and feel incredibly natural. An alternative to traditional dentures, dental implants often yield permanent results that are so much like your natural teeth you may have a tough time telling the difference!
Dental implants and restorations can be a terrific choice for replacing missing teeth or anchoring loose dentures or partials and can provide a natural and comfortable way to improve a patient’s bite, smile, and confidence. After examination, medical and dental history review, radiographs, and photos, we will determine if implants are right for you.
A dental implant is a surgical grade, titanium post that is shaped like a tooth root. They are placed under the gums where the natural tooth was originally and then allowed to integrate into the patient’s jaw before being used to replace teeth or anchor dentures. The placement is usually simply done with local anesthetic and the procedure is often described as being less traumatic than a tooth extraction. There is seldom much pain or discomfort involved. Patients are usually often surprised at how easy the procedure is.
The implant is allowed to incorporate into the jaw for integration and allowed to heal for several weeks, depending upon the jaw structure and other factors. Following sufficient healing, the implant can be uncovered with a simple procedure. The inside of the implant body is hollow with threads. These inside threads allow an abutment or post to be screwed to it without the need for anesthetic or pain.
A ceramic or metal abutment is placed, impressions taken, and sent to a ceramist for tooth fabrication. On top of this, a tooth is custom-made to match the shade and shape of the natural teeth. If cosmetic changes are desired, we will plan to enhance those teeth around the implant.
The result is often a tooth that is as secure and aesthetically pleasing as the original tooth. Implants typically have over a 95% success rate. Poor hygiene, smoking, certain medical conditions, trauma, grinding, and clenching are some of the factors that may lead to implant failure. Dr. Matthews and his staff will review these factors with you and determine the possible influence in your specific situation.
Today’s dental implants give us choices that we didn’t have until a few years ago. We now can successfully replace missing or lost teeth with implants and porcelain teeth that are natural looking, solid, and predictable.
Implants can provide many years of service whether replacing missing teeth or anchoring dentures or partials; however, commitment to care must be accepted by the patient. Daily proper at-home cleaning by the patient and once or twice yearly follow-up by the hygienist and dental staff are critical to long term success. Medical conditions such as diabetes, hormones, or conditions where the body’s defense mechanisms are compromised may affect the implant survival. Smoking, clenching of the jaws, teeth grinding, and other habits must be controlled for optimum implant success.
Having successfully served the implant dentistry needs of our patients, our team is committed to making your implant experience a great one!