Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the only permanent tooth replacement. This is because the implant serves as a replacement tooth root. When cared for properly, implants can last the rest of your life! The tooth replacement, like a crown or implant-supported dentures, will likely need to be replaced after 10-15 years.

Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements, and they've become a popular alternative to dentures over the past few years. While they cost more than dentures, they last longer and save you money over time. Dental implants lead to fewer visits to the dentist because they're easier to maintain compared to dentures.

Same-day implants can usually be done in a single procedure, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the number of implanted teeth. However, it is important to note that you won't actually leave the office with your permanent teeth. But, you will leave with a full smile.

The earliest a person can get dental implants is age 18, but even then we have to note that 18 may be too young. Even at age 18, a patient may still be maturing, meaning the jaw may continue to grow and change.

Immediate extraction & immediate implant is a revolutionary restorative procedure which fits patients with a dental implant directly following tooth extraction within the same appointment. Traditionally, patients waited a minimum of six weeks for the extraction site to heal before receiving a dental implant.

Immediate loading, otherwise known as Immediate Function, involves the placement of a restoration within 48 hours of implant placement. It can be applied if sufficient primary stability is achieved – for a single tooth restoration, this is known as immediate provisionalization.

Types of implants:

  • Endosteal Implants
  • Subperiosteal Implants
  • All-on-4 dental implants
  • Implant Overdentures

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that replaces several teeth at once. If you've lost most of your teeth, we may recommend implant-supported dentures. Your overdenture will need at least two dental implants for support. However, our dentist typically recommends all-on-6 implants for the best result.

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The denture may need to be replaced every 20 years or so due to normal wear and tear but a traditional denture will likely need to be replaced at least every 10 years due to your bone structure changes.

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