Dr. Emmons and the staff at your friendly Heath dental family want you to enjoy your smile and the foods you love for as long as possible. That's why Dr. Emmons offers implant restorations. Dental implants are often the most supportive, strongest and longest lasting solution for patients who are missing teeth, who need extractions or whose dentures are ill-fitting. If you have missing teeth or are tired of messing with your dentures, give us a call to schedule an evaluation. We'll evaluate the need, give you your options, explain the process and, by all means, treat you like family!
Explaining Dental Implants
When you have a dental implant, the dental professional will surgically place a post into the jaw bone. This post functions like an artificial root. After the placement of this post, you will need to give your body time to heal and for the post to integrate into the bone for maximum strength and support. Once osseointegration and healing are complete, the dentist fabricates a crown that is screwed onto the post. The benefit of an implant over traditional crowns, bridges and dentures, is that the implant replaces the actual root of the tooth, integrating into the jaw bone, thus providing greater strength and a longer-lasting result.
What if you're missing three or four teeth in a row? Can dental implants be a solution for you? Absolutely! Typically, in such cases, an implant is inserted at either end of the gap created by the missing teeth. Once the necessary healing and integration have completed, the dentist fabricates a bridge to span from implant to implant. The bridge consists of a crown on either end that attach to the implants with artificial teeth in between that replace the other missing teeth. For most patients, the implant-supported bridge is a better option than the traditional bridge or a removable partial denture because it's stronger and lasts longer.
Tired of ill-fitting dentures? Are your traditional dentures a hassle? Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate these issues. As with implant-supported bridges, implants are strategically placed to support a full denture. The implant-supported dentures are so much better than traditional dentures because they don't get loose, they don't have problems with fitting correctly, and they're very strong. So if the teeth God gave you are about to let go of your gums, or you're just not happy with your traditional dentures, come in for an evaluation to see if implant-supported dentures are right for you.