Implant Education Center
Welcome to the Dental Implant Education Center! Your journey to a better, brighter smile begins here. We are here to provide you with all of the information you may need to take the next step in the dental implant process, boost your confidence, and positively impact your quality of life.
The three parts of the dental implant are:
● The Implant: The screw that over time fuses with the jaw permanently and serves as an artificial root for the new teeth.
● The Abutment: The connector above the implant that supports the tooth.
● The Crown: The artificial tooth and the part that is visible.
What are the different types of dental implants?
● Single Tooth Implants: Just one tooth needs to be replaced.
● Multiple Implants: More than one tooth needs to be replaced, but other natural teeth are left intact.
● All-on-Four Implants: A full upper or lower set of teeth needs replacement. Four implants are placed by an oral surgeon and a full arch of teeth is anchored to the four implants.
The advantages of dental implants are abundant. Most importantly, they are the closest replacement option to natural, healthy teeth. A strong and stable dental implant feels, fits, and functions just like a natural tooth. Dental implants are built to last so they are a long-term solution, often lasting a lifetime. Alternative options to dental implants can lead to jawbone deterioration, creating even more dental issues. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that stimulates bone growth and prevents bone loss. They eliminate the worries that are associated with removable teeth, such as the teeth moving or falling out while talking or eating. Dental implants also cannot get cavities. Talk to one of our dental specialists to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
Comparing Dental Implants to Other Options
Dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures for many reasons including cost, overall dental health, as well as comfort and function. The advantages of dental implants are much greater than just the cosmetic appeal.
Comparing Dentures to Dental Implants
● Permanent: Dental implants are permanent and non-removable, while dentures are removable.
● Comfort: Dental implants feel like natural teeth and are strong and securely attached to the jaw, while dentures feel unnatural and can slip, causing discomfort. Dentures often require adhesives.
● Cleaning: Dental implants are maintained just as natural teeth would be, while people with dentures need to learn to clean and care for them.
● Training: Dental Implants will act as natural teeth right away, while dentures will require the patient take several weeks learning how to wear them properly.
● Food Options: Dental implants allow individuals the ability to eat whatever they choose, while denture-wearers should stay away from certain foods.
● Preserve Jawbone: Dental implants preserve and even stimulate remaining jawbone, while dentures lead to further deterioration.
● Natural Teeth: Dental implants live among natural teeth comfortably, while dentures may cause deterioration of natural teeth in the case of partial dentures.
● Longevity: Dental implants are are long-term solution, while dentures eventually must be remade, refit, or relined.
While dentures may seem to be the less expensive option initially, dental implants are actually very cost-effective long-term. Dentures require the continued purchase of fixatives, cleaning solutions, and eventually, replacement every 7-15 years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are a lifetime investment.
Comfort and Functionality
Dental implants far outperform dentures in terms of comfort and function. New dentures often feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. They can tend to feel loose as your cheek and tongue become trained to keep them in place, and you may worry about them slipping when you talk, eat, or laugh. Minor irritation and soreness is also not uncommon. Removing the dentures to clean and apply adhesive paste is an unnecessary and embarrassing chore. With dental implants, these worries are eliminated. Dental implants function like natural teeth with no noticeable difference in how they fit in your mouth or how they function while eating and speaking. They allow you the freedom to dismiss any worry of feeling embarrassed about them slipping or forgetting to put them back in. They are comfortable and easily maintained. You can eat all of the foods you love and go about your day confidently with a smile.
Preserving Natural Bone Structure
Dentures can wear away at the jawbone, causing deterioration. When doctors at ProHEALTH Dental fit you for a dental implant, they use an implant fixture that fuses to the living bone cells in the jaw over time. This can actually stimulate bone growth, rather than deterioration. Without deterioration, there is no need to worry about the integrity of the facial structure staying intact, so you can maintain a youthful appearance. Dental implants are the ONLY dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone.
If you have questions or are interested in learning more about dental implants, schedule a free consultation with ProHEALTH Dental today.
● Actual Procedure
● Permanent Tooth Placement
Come In For a Consultation
First and foremost, we want to make sure that dental implants are the right choice for you. That is why at ProHEALTH Dental we offer a free consultation without obligation so together we can carefully create an individualized treatment plan catering to your needs. We will completely outline costs prior to beginning work together and you will leave your consultation with all of the tools to make an informed decision.
Preparing for the Procedure
If you decide that implants are the right choice for you, we will move forward with a pre-surgical dental exam with one of our periodontists or surgeons. We may take dental X-rays at this exam, as well as have molds and models created of your teeth and mouth.
At ProHEALTH Dental, dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation based upon preference. First, if there is a damaged tooth to be removed, it is extracted. The jawbone is then prepped for surgery and one of our talented, experienced surgeons makes an incision into the gum and drills into the bone where the metal implant post is placed. An abutment is then connected and a temporary, artificial tooth is placed into the abutment for appearance until the patient has healed and is ready for more permanent teeth. The surgical site is then stitched with dissolvable stitches.
Recovering After Surgery
During recovery, it is not uncommon to experience typical discomfort associated with dental surgery. This can include pain at the implant site, minor bleeding, bruising of the gums, and possible swelling of the gums or face. If any of these symptoms persist days after surgery, contact our office. We recommend that you eat soft foods for up to two weeks as the surgical site heals.
Follow-Up and Recovery
Post-procedure it is important to return for several checkups while healing to ensure everything is going smoothly. A soft food diet is recommended for several weeks up to a few months and caffeine and tobacco products should be avoided.
Finalize your Smile
The last and final step is to receive your new, permanent teeth. The temporary set is removed when the mouth is finished healing and the implants have completely stabilized. They are replaced with the new set, leaving you with a gorgeous, lasting smile.
Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease affecting gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss as well as chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Plaque and tartar build up on the teeth leading to bacterial infection lies at the root of periodontal disease. Smoking, diabetes, genetic susceptibility and certain diseases and medications can increase your risk.
How do I know if I have Periodontal Disease?
Contact your dental professional for a consultation regarding periodontal disease if you experience swelling of the gums, redness, painful chewing, bleeding, loose teeth, chronic bad breath, extreme sensitivity, or receding gums. Early detection plays a key role in treating the disease. Periodontal Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Periodontal Disease and Implants
Dental implants can be a great solution to combat the effects of periodontal disease by replacing missing or loose teeth. Dental implants do not lead to any increase in the risk of periodontal disease or decay. In fact, when the titanium implant fuses with the jawbone over time, it actually stimulates growth, rather than deterioration.
Here at ProHEALTH Dental we are happy to conduct a 3D CT scan to evaluate the health of your jaw bone and determine if it can support an implant. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. We will discuss this treatment plan together and decide if dental implants are the right choice.
Dental implants not only help increase your oral health – they will give you a smile you are proud of!
Over 35 million Americans are without upper and lower teeth. The All-on-Four dental implant is for those who require full upper or lower tooth replacement. A surgeon at ProHealth Dental will place just four implants, which will be used as an anchor for a full upper and/or lower arch of teeth to attach to. The implant is a small screw made of titanium that eventually fuses with the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation. Once the implant is placed, a crown is attached that resembles a natural tooth and provides the glowing smile you deserve.
The ProHEALTH Dental Approach
ProHEALTH Dental’s experienced team is dedicated to serving our patients and giving them beautiful smiles. We are highly experienced in All-on-Four dental implants and are able to place your new arches on the same day while you are fully sedated. These will be temporary teeth until the jaw fully heals and they are replaced with your permanent, customized smile several weeks later. The process at ProHEALTH Dental is virtually painless and you will leave our office feeling natural and confident again.
Am I a candidate for All-on-Four treatment?
If you are considering whether All-on-Four dental implants may be right for you, we invite you to take advantage of our free consultation to help you determine whether it is the best choice. We can assist you in creating a personalized treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you feel comfortable throughout the dental implant process and that you make the right decision for you.
The most common question during consultation is “how much will my dental implants cost?” At ProHEALTH Dental, we aim to make dental implants as affordable for our patients as possible. Each of our patients comes to us with unique needs, therefore, costs vary dependent upon the patient. The best way to obtain a grasp of what dental implants may cost you is to come in for a free consultation so that we can discuss your individualized treatment plan and associated costs with you. There is no fee for the consultation, and no obligation.
All treatments are conducted at ProHEALTH Dental at one cost, and all costs are laid out at the initial consultation so there are no surprise fees later on. Conducting each appointment and procedure under the same roof keeps costs to a minimum and makes it much less stressful for you.
Many patients qualify for financing options. When you come to ProHEALTH Dental for your free consultation, one of our Patient Education Consultants will be happy to help you find a way to make dental implants affordable for you. Regardless of whether you believe you can afford dental implants or not, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with zero obligation to learn more and gather information about this potentially life-changing procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
To schedule your consultation, you can fill out and submit an informational form on our website or call our office. When you come in for your consultation, you will meet with one of our qualified Patient Education Consultants who will assist you throughout the process. If you decide that getting your dental implants at ProHEALTH Dental is right for you, you will meet our team of experienced and talented periodontists who will answer any questions you may have. We will take 3D images of your mouth and use them to create a personalized treatment plan that we can explain and discuss with you. You will leave our office knowing exactly how much dental implants will cost and be provided with information regarding financing options and next steps.