For generations, dentists were only able to replace the crowns of the teeth; they were not able to do anything about the missing roots. Today, however, it is possible to replace the entire tooth structure thanks to dental implants. Over the long run, you will see that this can have a significant impact on your overall oral health and the stability of your smile. And at Havasu Dentistry, the entire process for dental implants in Lake Havasu City, AZ can be completed in-house.
A dental implant is a thin, screw-like post that is typically made of titanium. When it is placed in the jawbone, it slowly integrates with the surrounding tissue. Once it has completely fused with the jaw, it is possible to attach a crown (or another type of restoration) to it. This gives new teeth a highly stable foundation that makes it easier for you to chew, brush, floss, and smile. Since implants need to be placed in the jawbone, you will have to undergo oral surgery.
Compared to traditional dentures and bridges, dental implants come the closest to perfectly mimicking your natural teeth. You won’t have to give up any of your favorite foods or worry about your new teeth slipping out of place at the wrong moment; the implants will provide your new teeth with additional chewing strength and hold them firmly in place at all times. And thanks to the strength and durability of implants, you can expect your new teeth to last for a very long time – possibly a lifetime – with the right maintenance.
One of the key advantages of dental implants is that they’re very versatile; with the right number of posts, you can replace any number of teeth at once. Whether you’ve only lost one tooth or an entire arch, Havasu Dentistry has the solution.
After a dental implant is inserted into your jaw, we’ll wait several months for it to heal. Once that is done, the post should be able to bear the burden of a single porcelain crown. This is an excellent alternative to a traditional bridge that would require us to modify the teeth next to the gap.
It’s possible to replace multiple teeth at once with just two dental implants. We can create a dental bridge consisting of two crowns and at least one prosthetic tooth; the crowns will rest on the implants in order to “bridge” the empty space. Implant-retained bridges are usually recommended if you’ve lost 2 to 4 teeth in a row.
Removing your full or partial denture every night for regular cleanings can be inconvenient, and over time you might notice it becoming less comfortable. Four to eight dental implants can be used to support an entire arch of teeth, permanently anchoring them in place so that they can simply be brushed and flossed as if they were a natural part of the mouth.
At Havasu Dentistry, we always aim for the most conservative solution. The All-on-4 procedure minimizes the number of implant posts needed to support full dentures, thus significantly reducing the amount of time your mouth needs to heal afterwards. Because of the unique placement of the posts, you’ll often be able to receive temporary dentures on the same day as the surgery.
The costs of dental implant treatment will vary from patient to patient. Obviously, if you need more than one implant to replace multiple teeth, you can expect the overall cost to be higher. You also need to account for preparatory treatments like gum therapy that may or may not be necessary for successful implant placement. Remember: the true value of implants lies in their long lifespan, their beautiful appearance, and their outstanding function compared to traditional bridges and dentures.