Whether you are missing one, two, or all of your teeth, it can affect your social life, confidence, and health.
Dental implants are the most advanced, long-lasting, and effective way to replace any number of missing teeth.
Wondering why you should choose Smiles for Life for your implant treatment?
How are dental implants placed?
You are not alone...
Tooth Loss Affects Many Patients
However, not all patients are candidates for dental implants...
This patient shares his experience receiving implant-supported dentures and discusses their life-changing benefits.
If you are missing teeth and seeking the best restorative treatment available, dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jaw. When you turn to Smiles for Life for dental implants, we can perform each stage of treatment here at our Bridgewater, VA, practice.
Fountain of Youth: Implant-Supported Dentures
Types of Dental Implants
We provide both traditional and mini dental implants. Which type your doctor recommends for you will depend on your jawbone health, the position of the implants, and the size of your restoration.
Traditional implants are more durable and stable, but mini implants can often be placed in jaws which suffer from some degree of bone recession.
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are the most commonly used type. Typically, they are about 3.5 mm wide, making them an especially great choice if you are going to receive a single implant-supported crown. Traditional implants can also support a bridge or full denture. You must have sufficient jawbone density and volume to support this type of implant.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini implants are much thinner than traditional posts, and they can be as little as 1.8 mm wide. Because of their smaller size, mini implants will impact a smaller amount of your jawbone. As a result, your surgery will involve a faster healing time. Mini implants can be a good option if you are going to receive an implant-supported bridge or denture, since you will need multiple posts to secure this type of restoration. Frequently, mini implants can eliminate the need for bone grafting.
It is important to note, however, that mini implants are not as strong as traditional implants. Therefore, they may not be a good choice if you are going to receive implants in the back of your mouth, which bears most of the force of your bite. In addition, mini implants may not be appropriate if you suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding. Your dentist will evaluate your jawbone structure and overall dental health to determine the right type of implants for you.
Implant-supported dentures renewed this patient's ability to eat the food he enjoys.
Implant-supported Restorations We Offer
The type of restoration that is right for you will depend on the number of teeth being replaced and your unique goals. At Smiles for Life, we offer:
- Implant-supported Bridges: Made from multiple artificial teeth that have been fused together, these restorations are used to replace up to three consecutive teeth.
- Implant-supported Dentures: An implant-supported denture can be used to replace several teeth or an entire row.
- Zirconia Implant-supported Bridges: Zirconia implant-supported bridges are similar to full-arch implant-supported dentures. However, they are made from a state-of-the-art material that is incredibly durable and virtually identical to natural enamel.
Recently, many of our patients have qualified for treatment our exciting All-on-4 Dental Implants.
“I have had a partial for 40 years and eating certain foods was limited. Since having implants, I have been able to eat foods like raw carrots, steaks, etc. I feel a lot better about myself.” Wes Loomis
This patient was self-conscious about the appearance of her smile before receiving implant-supported dentures. Now, she shows off her smile confidently.
Preparing for Your Treatment
Before undergoing treatment, we will first take 3-D computerized tomography (CT) scans of your jaw to help determine if dental implants are right for you and to find the healthiest and strongest parts of your jaw. Placing the implants in these areas, he can often minimize the need for bone grafting. In addition, he will determine which type of implants are right for you.
Several patients share their incredible experience working with the team at Smiles for Life.
Dental Implant Surgery
During implants placement surgery, we will create small incisions into your gum line. Next, your doctor will insert each implant post directly into the jaw. The posts will be left to heal for four to six months so that they can completely integrate with the surrounding bone. We can provide a temporary restoration for you to wear during this time.
Dental implants will actually replace your tooth roots. Because of this, they have a number of important benefits that no other type of restoration can provide.
Once healed, you will return to our practice to have your implant-supported restoration secured firmly in place.
Post-surgical Considerations and Recovery
Drs. McIntyre, Whiting, Rockey, and Ash use very gentle techniques. Therefore, you should enjoy a quick recovery with minimal discomfort. Nevertheless, you will typically experience some sensitivity immediately after surgery. Mild anti-inflammatories and ice packs can help to control this discomfort. You should also avoid spicy foods, as well as foods with small pieces, such as nuts and seeds.
“In two long procedures, Dr. McIntyre extracted my teeth, installed 10 implants and did some bone grafting. After each session (5-6 hours) I went home and took a nap after ice packing the areas and both times awoke to almost no pain at all.” Blake Rhodes
Any discomfort should fade within a few days, but it will take four to six months for your jaw to fully heal from implant surgery. As you recover, the implants will integrate with your jaw, becoming permanently fixed in your mouth. Unless you receive a zirconia implant-supported bridge, we will typically provide a temporary restoration to repair your smile and improve your dental function. When your jaw has completely healed, Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Whiting, Dr. Rockey, or Dr. Ash will attach abutment pieces to each of the implants. Then he can affix permanent, custom-made restorations, such as an implant-supported denture or bridge.
Risks of Dental Implants
All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Complications following dental implant surgery can include:
- Implant failure
- Prolonged bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Damage to the sinus passages
Fortunately, these risks are quite rare. In fact, over the last two decades, implants have had an astonishing 95 percent success rate. To further ensure your safety, it is important to choose an experienced implant dentist. Our doctors have been placing implants for many years. They will use advanced imaging to position the posts very precisely, and they will carefully determine your candidacy for treatment. With their skill and precision, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful, functional smile that will last for years to come.
Smiles for Life
The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including:
- Compassionate Finance™
- iCare Financial®
- Smile Rewards
To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.