Providence Prosthodontics

Dental Implants

Providence Prosthodontics Dental Group

Dental implants are the finest restorative option to replace missing teeth. These small metal posts are placed in the jawbone to function like artificial tooth roots. Once healed, they can provide a lifetime of unparalleled support to dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. We use the latest technology to plan dental implant treatments at our practice with outstanding accuracy and ensure superior results. To schedule a dental implants consultation and learn more, contact our practice today.

How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile

Although there are several types of dental implants, we only use root-form implants at Providence Prosthodontics because they consistently provide superior results and a lower complication rate than other types. Root-form dental implants are small, screw-like posts made of biocompatible titanium. During a brief surgical procedure, your dentist will place them to support new crowns or prosthesis. Over time, they will fuse directly with the surrounding bone. After you have healed, the implants can provide unmatched support to restorations.

Treatment Planning

Our dentists will use advanced technology to plan a dental implants treatment that is fully customized to your unique needs. We will combine 3-D cone beam computerized tomography (CT) scans with 3-D intraoral optical scans in order to obtain highly precise images of your jawbone and surrounding teeth. These images will enable us to perform less invasive surgery with reduced discomfort, minimal post-operative swelling, and a very low risk of complications.

“Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are the most stable and durable restorations available. They do not require adhesive to keep them in place and will never slip or fall out of position, like typical dentures and partials. You can eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence.”

These imaging tools also allow us to look for areas of bone recession. A common consequence of tooth loss, jawbone degeneration can affect your candidacy for dental implants. Fortunately, we can often perform bone grafting or sinus lifts to rebuild weakened jawbones and create a strong base for dental implants. In other cases, we can use shorter or narrower implants to eliminate the need for additional surgery.

Implants Placement

We typically administer oral conscious sedation during most surgical procedures, however, if preferred or requested by your doctor, we can arrange for an on-site anesthesiologist. With these medications, you will be put in a twilight state of relaxation while still remaining able to answer questions and respond to requests. To begin the placement procedure, your dentist will create small incisions in your gums, through which he or she will position the implants directly into your jaw. Once the posts are in place, your prosthodontist will use stitches to close the incisions.

Typically, we will take impressions of your smile 10 to 12 weeks after implants placement surgery. These digital images will be used to design lifelike restorations that are a near-perfect match to your natural teeth. It will usually take three to four more weeks to craft the restorations. The restoration will be securely attached to your implants once the posts have completely integrated with the jaw. During this time, many patients are able to enjoy non-removable temporary prototypes while healing occurs, which will allow them to remain presentable at all times.”

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are the most stable and durable restorations available. They will never slip or fall out of position, so you can eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence. Additionally, you will be able to continue enjoying all of your favorite foods, including hard, crunchy, and sticky items. Finally, dental implants actually help to improve the health of your jawbone. Like natural tooth roots, the posts will give regenerative signals to the nearby tissues. This will help to prevent bone recession, additional tooth loss, and changing facial proportions.

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