Start-to-Finish Dental Implants
If you’re missing one or more teeth, then you may know how difficult it can be doing everyday tasks, such as talking and eating. Spaces and gaps in your smile can also affect your self-confidence and keep you from showing your teeth. With dental implants, we can restore your smile’s appearance and functionality.
At Summit Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with state-of- the- art care. One of the advantages of our modern office is that we’re able to complete your entire implant process in-house.Learn More Jump to FAQs
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that we put into your jawbone in place of a natural tooth root. They act as a stable foundation for a toothlike restoration that connects to the top of the implant. Once your implant(s) has healed and fused with your jawbone, we’ll attach a dental crown, bridge, or denture to the implant(s).
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular option among many patients and dentists for replacing missing teeth. Implants offer a multitude of benefits including:
- They look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
- They are easy to maintain; you can brush and floss them normally.
- They stimulate your jawbone and help prevent bone loss.
- They provide a secure foundation for your natural-looking tooth restoration.
- They can last a lifetime if they’re properly cared for.
Types of Dental Implants
The number of implants and the type of restorations you get are determined by your specific dental needs. After we complete your exam, we’ll discuss and design a treatment plan that’s ideal for your unique situation.
Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant is topped with a custom-made dental crown. We customize the crown so that its shape and color blends in with your surrounding teeth. Single tooth implants can replace one or more missing teeth and don’t rely on existing teeth for support.
Bridges can replace one tooth or multiple missing teeth in a row. The bridge is an appliance with false (but natural-looking) teeth connected in the middle, that attaches to existing teeth or implants on either side of the space.
Implant-Supported Dentures & Mini Implants
Are you tired of loose, ill-fitting dentures? Dental implants can secure your dentures in place and keep them from sliding around or falling out. The dentures snap on and off of your implants, so you can remove them when needed.
Mini implants are a quick, cost-effective option for denture stabilization. They function like regular implants but don’t require as many dental appointments or as much time to complete. In most cases, we can install your mini implants in just one visit.
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Are Dental Implants Painful?
At Summit Family Dentistry, most patients report that they experienced minimal pain during and after the procedure and feel better than they anticipated. While there may be some discomfort, we suggest taking an over-the-counter painkiller afterward to help with the discomfort and bruising. The majority of our dental implant patients return to work and everyday activities within 1-3 business days.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
For over half of a century, dental implants have been used as a safe and long lasting method for restoring smiles. As with any medical procedure, however, there can be complications. Summit Family Dentistry’s dental team are highly trained in dental implantation. Their expert skills will minimize complications and provide quality treatment before, during, and after the procedure. It’s important to review your health history and any habits that may impact the success of the dental implant procedure and healing process with Dr. Sheehan.