Dental Implants Improving Longview Smiles
If you’ve ever replaced a tooth, you may have been given recommendations for a tooth replacement option that only restored those parts of teeth visible above the gum line. Luckily for Longview Dental Center patients, we offer dental implant supported tooth replacement. The dental implant posts are positioned below the gum line where they mimic tooth roots. Then, we attach one or more replacement teeth creating a natural looking and feeling smile. If you’re missing a single tooth or a full arch, contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
The first part of the dental implant tooth replacement process is the surgical placement of dental implant posts. We work with local specialists for this part of treatment to ensure your comfort and safety. Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, patients will return to our office where we’ll attach a custom restoration. For patients missing a single tooth or a few consecutive teeth, we’ll use dental crowns and bridges. For a single tooth, a dental crown is attached to an implant post. In many cases, two crowns can be fused together and attached to the same implant post to replace consecutive teeth. For patients missing three or more consecutive teeth, the row of replacement teeth will be fused together and attached to two implants posts, one on each end.
Patients with advanced tooth loss will likely receive a partial or full denture. These prosthetics use gum colored bases to support numerous replacement teeth. The gum colored base material of partials is molded to fit between remaining teeth preserving the healthy structure. Full dentures are formed to fit against the gum line. In most cases, we’re able to attach the partial or full denture to about four implant posts offering a complete smile with improved stability compared with traditional dentures.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you’re just now learning about them, you’ll quickly find out that dental implants are by far one of the most comprehensive solutions for tooth loss to date. However, if you are feeling apprehensive about treatment, Dr. Stoddard is here to help. He’s included a list of the most common questions regarding dental implants as well as detailed answers. If your question is not mentioned below, please reach out to us directly.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are known for lasting an incredibly long time once they are placed. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, which have an average lifespan of 10 and 7 years respectively, dental implants can last between 25 years and a lifetime! As long as you practice daily oral care and visit our office regularly for checkups and cleanings, your dental implants will withstand the test of time with relative ease.
Are dental implants better than dentures?
Not necessarily. It truly depends on what the patient wants first and foremost. However, we highly encourage you to consider dental implants even if you are missing several or all the teeth in your smile. After all, with a few strategically placed dental implants, you can receive a denture that is customized to specifically fit on top of dental implants. This provides a far more reliable fit, the restorative benefits that come with dental implants (i.e. stronger biting force, better esthetics) and a long-term solution that dentures cannot.
What can you eat with dental implants?
One of the most notable benefits of choosing dental implants to replace teeth is the ability to eat all the foods you used to enjoy. That includes tougher foods like apples, nuts, steak, beef jerky, and just about anything that you would likely struggle to eat if you only had dentures or dental bridges. Since implants stimulate the bone inside of your jaw, you can regain your biting force and chew the foods you enjoy with confidence.
How do dental implants stay in the body?
Dental implants consist of a titanium post, which acts as the replacement tooth root. This root is the component that literally binds and integrates with your organic bone and soft tissue. Since other methods do not rely on this process, known as osseointegration, you cannot expect the same reliability from them like you can from dental implants. After the implant is placed, Dr. Stoddard will make sure that it is healing properly and fully before placing a restoration on top.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
Many people don’t realize that, when placed by a professional, dental implants actually have an incredibly high success rate. This is in large part due to the fact that they’ve been around for several decades and had a very long time to be studied and perfected. On average, they reach success rates as high as 98 percent and as low as 90 percent. We’ll make sure that you are eligible to receive dental implants before beginning treatment, ensuring that your tooth replacement is a complete and total success.