Dental Implants & Implant Treatment

Dental implants are a popular choice for many people looking to restore their smile and improve their overall oral health. They are durable, long-lasting, and can help prevent further dental issues that may arise from missing teeth. If you are considering dental implants, we’ll be happy to discuss your options and determine if they are the right choice for you.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants provide a safe, durable replacement for missing teeth. They function like natural teeth and have a very natural appearance within your mouth.

Dental implants can:

  • Restore your smile by replacing a single or several missing teeth
  • Replace a full set of teeth
  • Replace teeth lost due to deteriorating teeth or severe periodontal disease
  • Improve your oral health
  • Improve your speech
  • Improve comfort
  • Improve function
  • Protect healthy bone structure

Dental implants may be combined with replacement crowns to fully replace missing teeth or to stabilize dentures. They are secured in the jaw similar to natural teeth, eliminating the use of artificial plastic on the palate and the need for adhesives and denture creams. Unlike removable dentures, they prevent slipping and discomfort and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Implantation

Implantation is the first stage in a two-part process that provides a long-term solution for tooth loss. The dental implant, a small titanium post, is gently placed into your jaw by our doctor. This post functions as an artificial tooth root. As it heals, the implant will fuse with your natural bone, creating a strong, secure foundation for the replacement tooth or denture. Throughout the process, our team takes great care in ensuring your optimal comfort.

Dental Implant with Replacement Crown

A replacement crown is a prosthetic tooth that is attached to the dental implant. This crown is custom-designed to look and function like one of your natural teeth. In some cases, a temporary crown may be provided, to provide aesthetic and functional benefit while your implant heals. Once the implant has fully healed, the custom-crafted permanent replacement crown is affixed, restoring the fullness and functionality of your smile. Replacement crowns are a great option for replacing any number of teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-Supported Dentures provide another teeth replacement option that can be a great alternative to conventional dentures. Our doctor will recommend a teeth replacement plan based on your individual needs and preferences.

  • Removable Implant-Supported Dentures provide replacement for all upper and/or lower teeth. They can be removed for cleaning like conventional dentures, yet are far more secure than unsupported dentures. These dentures can be attached with as few as 4 implants, though are more secure with additional implants. Our dentist will advise you on how many implants are best for your removable implant-supported dentures.
  • Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures also replace all upper and/or lower teeth. These dentures are permanently anchored to your dental implants. They are used to replace a full set of teeth and can be helpful in preventing bone loss. The strength of dental implants provides an ideal anchor for dentures that will not become loose or slip within your mouth.
  • Implant-Secured Partial Fixed Dentures are a type of bridge that is anchored to one or more dental implants. A standard bridge is a type of partial denture that replaces one or more teeth.  The standard bridge is secured to surrounding teeth, which can cause these neighboring teeth to become loose. With implant-secured partial fixed dentures, the implant provides the anchor, so your natural teeth are not compromised.

Are dental implants right for me?

There are several factors that our doctor will consider before recommending dental implants such as adequate bone support to anchor the implant, healthy gum tissue, sinus and nerve location, overall health, including any chronic illnesses. In some cases, we may recommend advance treatment for your upper or lower jaw to enable you to have the bone support needed for implantation. As always, your treatment plan is created based on your specific needs and goals for your healthy smile. Be sure to let us know about any medications you are taking during your consultation. Your health and safety are paramount.

FAQs

How do I care for my implants?

You will need to care for your implants just as you care for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing are important to prevent the build-up of plaque. Regular dental cleanings and exams are still an important part of ensuring great oral health.

Are dental implants painful?

With the advances of modern technology, most patients report feeling very little discomfort both during and after treatment. Our team is trained and certified to offer sedation with oral surgery, which provides a relaxed, comfortable experience during treatment.

How long will my implants last?

With proper care and treatment, your implants can last a lifetime, just like natural teeth.

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Concerns or Questions about Dental Implants?

Comprehensive Examination Requests?

If you are contemplating dental implant treatment for a missing tooth, kindly reach out to us and we will be happy to provide you with all the information that you need. In addition, we can facilitate a meeting with a recently treated patient to offer firsthand insights into the process.

Our patients’ smiles speak volumes

“Loved my first visit! The team was kind, thorough, and super quick to get started on my teeth—barely any wait time! Excited for my follow-up. A big thank you”

— Leo D.

“Great experience at Smiles of Westminster! My daughter and I love Dr. Crow and the friendly staff. Thorough, friendly, professional, and very informative. Highly recommend!”

— Claire C.

“Thanks Dr. Crow. We had a great experience. Very caring and gentle providers. I recently took my mom in for 3 crowns and we were very impressed. It was one of the least painful dental experience she has ever had. They all were so calming and attentive. Greatly appreciated!”

— Nikki K.

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