In today’s world, people are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
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 (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees), a metal that is 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. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one 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). Similarly, 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. Depending on your situation, implants can be customized to fit your need.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Our implant services include:
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. We will discuss the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options with you before we begin, so that you can make the best choice to meet your needs. Call Cottonwood Dental to make your appointment today.
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Dentures work as replacements for missing teeth as well as the surrounding gum tissue. These removable dental appliances are designed to resemble a patient’s teeth as close as possible, oftentimes enhancing the patient’s smile. Dentures can be either complete or partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all the teeth are missing; partial dentures, on the other hand, can be used when only some of the natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures are effective not only at filling in the spaces left by other teeth, but they are also good at keeping the other teeth from shifting.
Complete dentures can fall under two categories – conventional and immediate.
Conventional – Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed by Dr. Giaquinto and the gum tissue has healed.
Immediate – Immediate dentures are created before the teeth are removed and are put in right away. With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to go without teeth, but adjustments will be necessary after the gum tissues heal and shrink.
Dentures are created to last for several years, but they might have to undergo repairs or readjustments. In some cases, they must be remade after time.
Reasons for dentures:
Getting dentures is a process that takes several appointments spread out over many weeks. Highly-accurate molds and measurements are necessary to create a well-fitting, custom denture. It might take several appointments to ensure that the dentures are the correct color, shape and fit. Dr. Giaquinto will adjust and place the completed denture at your final visit, giving you a comfortable, natural looking fit.
When first adjusting to new dentures, it is normal to experience some soreness, difficulty in speaking and eating, as well as increased saliva flow. As you get used to the dentures, these issues will resolve themselves.
Proper care of your dentures, along with regular visits to Dr. Giaquinto, are necessary to extend the life of your dentures, and you will be given instructions on how to best care for your new dental appliance.