What is an Implant?
While most people don't consider losing a tooth to be too critical (especially if it isn't a front tooth), the long term consequences to your oral health can be quite serious. Your teeth work together as a team and when one tooth goes missing the adjacent teeth can affect that new space. Teeth move unless there is something blocking them from moving like other teeth. If you leave the space alone where the missing tooth is, the adjacent teeth next to it will naturally start to move into that space. The teeth above or below the space will also move down or up into the space. In order to prevent your remaining teeth from moving you have to mimic a tooth for that space.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. A dental implant is a small post-like device similar to a screw that gets surgically implanted or placed into your jaw bone to replace a tooth and its missing roots. The implant is made out of surgical grade titanium or titanium zirconium which allows the implant to actually integrate with your bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Having recently graduated from the Misch Implant Institute, Dr. Bauder has extensive training in implant surgery and offers many different types of implant solutions.
Reasons for Dental Implants
-Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
-Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
-Restore a patient’s confident smile.
-Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
-Restore or enhance facial tissues.
-Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Dr. Bauder Uses BioHorizons Implants
What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months which allows time for healing and also helps spread out the cost of the implant.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants please do not hesitate to contact our office. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A FREE IMPLANT CONSULTATION or please call our office at (907)262-8404 and we would be happy to help schedule you.
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