If you have missing teeth, it may cause embarrassment and functional issues like jaw joint pain or difficulty chewing. Dental implants are becoming the most popular choice for tooth replacement. Whether you want to replace a single tooth or you are interested in implant dentures to replace all of your teeth, dental implants offer unsurpassed durability, functionality, and aesthetics. At Exceptional Dentistry, our doctors are well-trained in implant placement and ensure you will be pleased with your results. With proper care and maintenance, your implants could last the rest of your life.
However, consider these dental implant benefits to help you decide if this treatment is right for you:
- The dentist assesses your oral health during your first appointment and takes x-rays to determine if you are eligible for dental implants. Ensuring you have adequate, healthy jawbone and gums is necessary for the longevity of your implant.
- Next, we’ll refer you to one of Louisville’s best oral surgeons for the implant placement procedure. Afterward, a healing period of about four to six months is needed to allow the bone to fuse to the implant, creating a stable foundation for the implant crown.
- Once the implant is stable, work begins to make your dental crown. You return to Exceptional Dentistry for impressions to be taken that are used by the dental lab that fabricates your crown.
- A couple of weeks later, your dental crown is ready for placement. The dentist connects the crown to the abutment that connects to the top of the implant. We’ll check your bite and ensure everything feels natural and comfortable.
Dental implant-supported bridges work similarly to a single implant. Instead of a single dental crown, though, our cosmetic dentists design a bridge that is three or more crowns fused together as one unit. The bridge looks like separate teeth, although the crowns connect, forming a bridge from the implant post to the nearest healthy tooth or another implant.
Implant-retained dentures or locator dentures offer a way to restore your smile while adding stability to your bite. If you wear dentures or are considering getting dentures for the first time, ask if implant-retained dentures are right for you. This treatment involves placing four or more implants along each dental arch, which serve as anchors for specially made dentures that snap into place for a secure bite. Since traditional dentures are known to slip and shift while speaking and eating, implant-retained dentures are often a better choice. You can have a confident smile without worrying about your dentures moving around when you eat or speak.
All-on-4 implant system is another tooth replacement option for patients missing all their teeth. The All-on-4 implant system also referred to as hybrid dentures, uses four implants to secure a permanent set of replacement teeth made of a single unit. Unlike implant-retained dentures that allow you to remove your false teeth when needed, the All-on-4 system permanently secures your replacement teeth so that you never have to worry about taking them out. It’ll almost be like having your real teeth again, except better because the porcelain teeth will be in perfect alignment and a natural white shade free of stains.