But dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth. They have a very, very high success rate. It’s one of the most successful things that’s done in dentistry in terms of longevity. It is the closest thing we can do to replacing a tooth that feels like, acts like, and you treat very similar to what a real tooth is. So when it comes to eating function, and we are talking about dental implants, I often think more than just the single tooth replacement.
I think about one of the worst things that we actually do in dentistry, and that’s actually upper and lower dentures. The quality and the understanding of your ability to chew, going from a regular denture into some type of implant prosthetic, you greatly increase the ability to function. And with that function comes comfort. And with that comfort comes really a lot of happiness in terms of being out and enjoying great food and enjoying a good social situation.
Discomfort with a single missing tooth is one thing. It’s not the only thing that we look at it. It’s not just the comfort of the patient. I often talk about cars and missing parts a lot of times, and, you know, really the mouth works as a unit. And when you’re missing something in the mouth in terms of a tooth, especially key teeth, other things have to take that force, and it becomes sometimes a mechanical conversation. You know, we’re really redistributing force so we can protect long term.
And when we do implants, we’re not looking at your three and four-year outlook. We’re trying to think about you in 10, 15, 20, or more years to get you the best distribution of force that we can and give you the most longevity we can with your natural teeth as well. So…
Pair Your New Teeth With Implants for a Stronger Bite
If you want dental implants, you need a knowledgeable dentist for the best results. A Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Adam has many years of experience completing this procedure. He even teaches other dentists about implants! Whether you are replacing one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, you can trust him with your smile.
Dr. Adam also uses some of the latest equipment, such as computer-guided technology, to place implants precisely in your mouth. We’ll begin by doing a thorough exam and taking digital X-rays. It allows your dentist to confirm if your jaw has enough strength to support implants. If not, you may first need a procedure to stimulate bone growth in your jaw.
Depending on the number of teeth you are replacing, we may recommend:
- Implant-Supported Crown – Replace a single tooth by anchoring a crown to an implant. You’ll take care of it just like a natural tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge – We can replace one or several missing teeth with a bridge attached to implants. We use zirconia material for its durability.
- Implant-Retained Dentures – Your dentures will remain secure by snapping into place on top of implants. However, you can still remove them at night.
- Implant-Supported Dentures – Replace an entire arch of teeth by anchoring dentures to implants. They’ll feel and function like regular teeth. They leave your palate exposed, so you’ll enjoy your food more.
- All-on-4 Implants – Using a special technique, Dr. Adam can place four implants in your mouth instead of eight. This is a less invasive alternative to other kinds of implant dentures. You are also less likely to need a bone graft or similar treatment beforehand.
- Full-Mouth Reconstruction – If you have widespread dental problems, we’ll create a treatment plan that restores your oral health and function. It may include restorative, cosmetic, and other solutions.
It’s understandable if you are nervous about getting implants. That’s why we go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable. We can offer you laughing gas to ease your anxiety. It has a gentle effect that fades as soon as your appointment is over. Oral sedation is also an option for a deeper level of relaxation.