Dental Implants

If you are missing one tooth or several teeth, we can replace those teeth with dental implants that are designed to look and function just like your regular teeth.

Requires no
special care

Dental implants, unlike other tooth restorations such as dentures or dental bridges, do not require any specialized care. They can be brushed and flossed just like a real tooth, and are even resistant to staining and discoloration.

Lasting restorations

Dental implants, when cared for properly, will last for the rest of your life. It’s common for dental implants to last 30 years or longer. In comparison, bridges usually last 5-15 years, and dentures sometimes last only 2-5 years.

Looks & feels natural

Dental implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth. They look, feel, and function like your own teeth, whether you’re chewing, smiling, or speaking. Restore your smile and your confidence with dental implants.

Implant Solutions

Whether you're missing one tooth or many, we have an implant solution to fit your needs.

Single Tooth implant

If you’re looking to restore one missing tooth, we can replace it using a natural-looking dental implant. Your implant won’t come out or shift position because it’s surgically attached to your jawbone. The porcelain crown is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile.

Implant supported bridge

If you’re missing a longer span of teeth, and implant supported bridge can be used. Typically, two dental implants are used as the abutments to which a dental bridge of artificial teeth can be attached. 

Removable implant overdenture

A removable implant-supported overdenture offers an effective tooth replacement option for people who are looking to restore one or both arches. A new or existing denture is modified to snap over the implants, securing it in place. With improved retention, you’ll enjoy improved function, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with ease, knowing your teeth won’t slip out of place. You’ll still be able to remove your overdenture for easy cleaning.

Fixed implant denture

A fixed implant denture attaches permanently to 4-6 implants. It never comes out and never shifts in your mouth. These fixed prosthetic appliances are made of zirconia, so the teeth will never wear out and never stain. This low maintenance option is considered the gold standard in prosthedontic dentistry.

What are dental implants? How do they work?

Dental implants are a specialized tooth restoration, composed of two parts, a “screw” and a “crown”. The screw is inserted directly into the bone tissue and serves as an artificial root. After this screw has healed, a crown is attached on top. 

The implant itself is a medical-grade titanium screw that replaces your natural tooth’s root. This screw naturally stimulates the bone surrounding the teeth, just like your tooth’s root would, which prevents bone loss and preserves the structure of your face and jaw. The crown is crafted from advanced porcelain or ceramic materials, and is designed to look and feel just like your original tooth.

Dental implants are a specialized tooth restoration, composed of two parts, a “screw” and a “crown”. The screw is inserted directly into the bone tissue and serves as an artificial root. After this screw has healed, a crown is attached on top. 

The implant itself is a medical-grade titanium screw that replaces your natural tooth’s root. This screw naturally stimulates the bone surrounding the teeth, just like your tooth’s root would, which prevents bone loss and preserves the structure of your face and jaw. The crown is crafted from advanced porcelain or ceramic materials, and is designed to look and feel just like your original tooth.

What does the appointment process look like?
Am I a candidate?

When pursuing dental implants, you will first need to have a thorough examination and consultation with Dr. Hoch or Dr. Sommer, so that they can determine whether or not you’re a viable candidate for the procedure. Certain conditions like having uncontrolled diabetes or being a smoker may prevent you from getting dental implants. A 3D x-ray will be taken with our cone beam CT to verify that you have an adequate amount of bone and to plan your treatment. If you don’t have enough bone to hold the implant, an additional bone grafting procedure may be required.

Once your treatment plan is designed, the implant will be placed. Under a local anesthetic, a small opening will be made in the gum tissue. Then, the titanium screw is placed in the underlying bone, and the area is stitched up. Over the next 3-6 months, the screw will heal and bond to the surrounding bone. This healing process is vitally important for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Once your implant is stable and fully integrated into your bone, a digital impression scan will be taken in order to fabricate the crown, and then the crown will be secured on top. That’s it!

What are the other, traditional options for missing teeth?

Option 1: No Treatment

Pros:

Cons:

  • Appearance
  • Reduced chewing function
  • Bone loss
  • Adjacent teeth shifting
  • Opposing tooth supra-erupting
  • Unbalanced chewing leading to wear and damage on the opposite side of the missing tooth

Option 2: Removable Partial Denture

Pros:

  • Fills space
  • Decent chewing function
  • Prevents surrounding teeth from shifting

Cons:

  • Appearance, unaesthetic clasps/metal
  • Will shift and rock while chewing
  • Bone loss
  • Bulky
  • Extra forces on adjacent teeth
  • Food trap
  • Average survival 5 years

Option 3: Bridge (aka fixed partial denture)

Pros:

  • Appearance
  • Restores chewing function
  • Fixed in place
  • Prevents surrounding teeth from shifting

Cons:

  • Cuts into/damages adjacent teeth
  • Extra forces on adjacent teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Food trap
  • Difficult to clean
  • Average survival 5 - 15 years

Option 4: Dental Implant

Pros:

  • Appearance
  • Restores chewing function
  • Maintains bone
  • No damage to adjacent teeth
  • Prevents surrounding teeth from shifting
  • Still 97% success rate at 15 years

Cons:

  • Treatment time (3 to 6 months)

A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth your dentist can give you. Dr. Hoch and Dr. Sommer will be happy to discuss options for restoring your dental function with you. Take the first step toward restoring your smile with dental implants. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today!

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