Dental Implants & Restorations
Missing teeth affect a person’s appearance, the ability to speak and chew, and dental and overall health. Many people who have lost teeth desire new teeth that are attractive, natural and comfortable. Others, who have worn removable bridges or dentures, wish to have the security of fixed (stationary) teeth. Dental implants have made this possible. Over the last 30 years, dental implants have grown to be an effective and reliable means of replacing missing teeth and securing bridges and dentures. In expert hands, it is a highly successful technique that has improved the quality of life for many people.
Implants can be a great option for replacing your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime! A dental implant is composed of two main parts. One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part, is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With periodontal treatment, you can smile confidently knowing no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.
A period of 12 weeks or more is generally used to allow the bone to adapt to and secure the implant after the implant is placed under the gum in the bone. After this period, the teeth or bridge will be made by the laboratory and Dr. Pinto will secure them to the implants. Once the teeth are in place, you will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Pinto as needed.
How Implants Benefit You
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip. Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile, and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Please contact our office for any information you need in deciding about implants to replace missing teeth. We are happy to speak with you about the cost of dental implants as well as the procedures involved. We are here to help you.