Have you been considering getting dental implants to fill in where you have missing teeth? If so, then you are making a very smart and sensible choice. They look and feel natural, they allow you to keep eating the foods that you love, and they can easily last you the rest of your life with proper care and maintenance. Come in and see us here at Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics if you want to find out how dental implants can improve your life and your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is used to act as the root of a tooth after an extraction or when a tooth is missing for any other reason. A dental implant can be made out of titanium or zirconium, and it is surgically installed in your jaw bone to support a false tooth appliance. This false tooth, also known as a dental implant restoration, can be an implant-supported crown, implant-supported bridge, or an implant-supported denture.
You can use a dental implant to help replace just one tooth, several different teeth around your mouth, or even all of your teeth. The ultimate goals of implants are to help restore both the function of the missing tooth and the aesthetics of the space where the tooth once was.
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Replace a Single Tooth with a Dental Implant
Traditionally, missing teeth were a common part of aging. As a person aged, their teeth declined, the dental restoration options were limited. Dental implants have changed that.
The initial clinical work began in the 1960's, and today the long term results are clear: dental implants are not only a valid option in restoring teeth, but they are known to be the most successful long-term restoration over any other option.
If you are only missing a single tooth, you should consider a single dental implant. Without the implant, your jawbone will start to deteriorate and the surrounding teeth will begin to collapse into the gap. A dental implant is the best long-term tooth replacement solution.
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Replace Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
After we lose teeth, there are options to replace them, including dental bridges, partial and full dentures. The replacement teeth require retention, whether from clasps, relying on neighboring teeth, or relying on suction. All of these methods allow for retention, but none of them are permanent or will help keep the jaw bone healthy.
Bone loss will disrupt these retention methods requiring frequent adjustments and alterations. It is only with multiple dental implants that you can get a solid, permanent retention and tooth replacement solution. That's because we are not just replacing the tooth, but replacing the base that the tooth once was built on, the tooth's root.
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All on 4® Treatment Concept
Restoring your teeth can be easier than you think. With the All on 4® Treatment Concept, we can surgically retain your denture device, giving you a firm set of permanent teeth. Our team at Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics can show you how this system not only restores your function, but allows you to forget that you had ever lost your teeth. Whether you are new to dentures or have been wearing them for years, no matter the amount of bone available, we can retain your dentures with. By choosing All on 4®, our patients can walk into our office with no healthy teeth remaining and leave with a full set of permanent teeth.
Dentures are a tale as old as time; scientists are continuously finding remains of someone trying to restore their anciet missing teeth. Made from shell, wood, or metal, the objective has been clear: people want, and need, functioning teeth. The problem has always been that the various options of restored teeth have never been a good option. Dentures have never been known for either their comfort or function.
The biggest hassle with dentures is supporting them so that they stay in place. Whether it's suction or adhesives, there is just no good way to keep those dentures still. They slip, rock around in your mouth causing sore spots, reduce your sensation of taste by covering the roof of your mouth, and sometimes even fall out at the most embarrassing of times. Patients who wear traditional dentures find that they even stop eating a large variety of foods and keep their social engagements limited. Dentures have never been comfortable, but now, they can be. The All on 4® Treatment Concept doesn't rely on any outside source to keep your dentures in place, they rely on dental implants to fix your dentures so that they never move or shift again.
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Dental Implant Candidates
Today, those who are in need of replacement teeth don't have to worry about dealing with ill-fitting dentures or old-school dental bridges. Instead, there's a new option: dental implants. Dental implants have been around since the 1970's, but due to manufacturing and technology limits, few people were good candidates or could afford them. That is no longer the case. Today, many people can take advantage of what dental implants have to offer: permanent replacement teeth that look great and feel natural.
With our years of experience in oral surgery and today's state-of-the-art technology, we are ready to help you enjoy a new life with brand-new teeth replacement. Before we get started, though, we need to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants. Don't worry—if you aren't a candidate, we can help you determine the steps you need to take to become a candidate for dental implants. Together, we will help you get your new teeth.
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After Your Dental Implant Surgery
While prevention is always the ideal option when it comes to dental surgery, sometimes life happens and, due to illness, injury, or error, you might find yourself with the need for a dental implant following a tooth extraction. When this happens, many patients are quite concerned with the dental implant surgery process.
This is an understandable worry! At Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, we want our patients to feel comfortable and stress free. That is especially true when it comes to dental implant surgery, as worrying only makes the process harder. There are some simple steps you can follow after surgery to minimize recovery time and help keep your oral health on the right track.
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Dental Implant Restorations
The exact dental implant restoration process will depend largely on what the issue is. If the dental implant post becomes loose, we may need to re-place the post. If the dental crown (or other restoration attached to the implant) has becomed cracked or damaged, we may only need to replace the restoration with a new one. We will assess your individual situation and come up with a treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, between 96%-98%. However, sometimes dental implants can fail. This is one of the reasons why it's critical to see a specialist like Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics when looking for an implant dentist. As oral surgeons, we have extra training in oral surgery and dental implant placement, and our extra experience translates to high success rates for dental implant placement.
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Dental Implant Home Care
Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics knows that it took a lot of work and patience to get your new dental implants, and that you want to take the best possible care of them. We are here to help you keep on track and give your new teeth the long life that you want out of them.
Arguably the biggest element in caring for your implants is to properly clean them and to do so regularly. Part of this includes regular visits with us, so that our staff can provide the best services to give them a long life. However, some of the maintenance also has to be done on a daily basis, and that part is up to you. Treat your dental implants like you would treat your real teeth, and they will last you a lifetime.
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Dental Implant FAQ
Here at Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, we know that having to come in for a dental implant can raise a lot of questions, particularly if you haven't been through anything like this before. New experiences—especiall those that involve surgery—can cause some apprehension, and we are here to reassure you that you are completely safe and in the best hands possible. There is plenty of information out there, but we will help you in any way we can.
Here are some frequently asked questions about dental implants. For more information or more specific questions, don't be afraid to call and talk to one of our caring and knowledgeable staff members. When you are ready to move forward, schedule your dental implant consultation with us, so that we can assess your individual needs and come up with a treatment plan that is unique to you.
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