Losing a tooth to gum disease or an accident can cause more than just an aesthetic gap in your smile. When you lose a natural tooth, your other teeth will begin to shift toward the gap. This can cause trouble with regular eating, biting, and even talking. For restorative and cosmetic purposes, the best option after you have lost a tooth is a dental implant.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium, which is the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal well suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Rebuild a smile you are proud of today by reaching out to a qualified dental professional at Union City Oral Surgery Group.
CANDIDATES FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
Advancements in diagnostics and bone reconstruction have made it possible for those who have insufficient bone density, certain health conditions, or certain oral health habits to be considered a candidate for dental implants, whereas, in the past, that wouldn’t be possible.
Implants are versatile. If you are missing only one tooth, one implant plus a replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). If you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Candidates who are uncomfortable with other treatment options such as dentures, partial dentures, or bridges are great candidates to try dental implants that offer a more permanent solution.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
There are many benefits to opting to get dental implants, a state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution. Unlike other treatment methods, this is a permanent option that can aid in gaining confidence in your smile, helping your bite, and improving your overall health and quality of life.
Where you have experienced tooth loss, the bone may deteriorate in that region from lack of stimulation. This can cause your sinuses to sag, your jawbone to weaken, and your other teeth to shift. A dental implant helps correct these problems by acting as a new placeholder for your natural tooth.
Due to the dental implant being composed of titanium and embedded into the jawbone, it offers a permanent solution to missing teeth. This treatment is also bio-compatible, which means that it’s a non-toxic solution that will not be rejected by the body. This means that it is long-lasting and natural-looking. The solid material also allows you to eat whatever foods you like, as well as brush, floss, and chew normally.
Dental Implant Treatments Offered At Union City Oral Surgery Group
At Union City Oral Group and Maxillofacial Surgery Group, we offer various state-of-the-art treatments and innovative patient care for dental implant procedures. The following are the treatment options we offer:
Sinus Lift Augmentation
Often, the sinuses will enlarge following the loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude the placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size and replaces the bone lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Autogenous Bone Grafting
Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have a sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is the chin or back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth once were.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
If you have lost more than one tooth, your oral surgeon can discuss your options regarding multiple teeth replacement. This can look like a couple of different options, including multiple dental implants, an All-on-4, or a bridge. While dental implants are sturdier than bridges, bridges may provide a more cost-effective alternative to filling the gaps in your mouth.
Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected area. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
We have special software that enables us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location. This enables the best possible placement of your dental implants. It also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.
After Implant Replacement
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is crucial to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
If your implant does not take well or you need another due to improper maintenance, Union City Oral Surgery Group can help devise an appropriate plan of action for your specific needs.
SPEAK WITH THE EXPERIENCED ORAL SURGEONS
If you would like to transform your teeth and your oral health with the help of dental implants, speak with the experienced oral surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group to assess whether dental implants are the best option for you. We offer innovative, effective, and client-oriented care that can restore the look and feel of your smile, bite, and oral health.
For over 25 years, Dr. Nancy Herbst has completed dental implant treatments for patients who experienced an improvement in quality of life. We work to fully customize a treatment plan that works best for you while utilizing state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best results. Fill out our contact form or call our office today at (201) 601-9262.