Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months.
The process is as follows:
- An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted
- The implant functions as a screw that is fastened to the jaw bone.
- The implant takes 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. A temporary crown is placed during the healing process.
- Once the area is healed, an abutment is placed, which serves as the base of your new tooth. An impression is taken so the new restoration can be created.
- The new restoration is permanently placed when ready.
Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed and the gums are sutured, pay attention to your post-op instructions.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and replaced as you please. Patients may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures: This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures: Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to, but over time your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures.
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, smoking, wine, and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color!
We utilize a tray whitening system that is completed in 2 steps.
- We make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll craft custom whitening trays that you can use over and over.
- At home you apply the whitening gel in the trays for a short period of time for several days. This often results in a smile that is 4 – 8 shades whiter!
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of whitening.
Dental veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire smile. Veneers are a thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. By placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to cover up imperfections such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and more.
The process takes approximately two to three visits.
- We will discuss the new shape and look of what we are going to accomplish with the veneers then prepare the teeth for the veneers placement.
- We then take an impression of the newly prepared teeth. This impression will be sent to our laboratory for fabrication. The laboratory takes 10-14 days. While the new veneers are being fabricated at the lab, we will provide you with a beautiful temporary solution to wear for this time.
- When ready, we bond the veneers into place ensuring that you can enjoy your new smile for a very long time!
While veneers are more expensive than dental bonding, it is important to remember that they provide more durability, longer lasting results, and can treat far more aesthetic flaws. The cost of your veneers will depend on the specific needs you have. Give us a call today or come in for a free consultation.
Porcelain veneers are one the most sought after cosmetic treatments available. However, many of our patients are shocked to find out we offer an equally effective, but far less invasive option called lumineers.
Lumineers are less invasive than porcelain veneers because placing porcelain veneers requires the original tooth to be altered. Since porcelain veneers take more than one visit, there may be a day or more where your tooth is susceptible to damage. This also means that if the porcelain veneer is later removed, the tooth will again be unprotected.
This is not the case with Lumineers. Lumineers are thinner and require no alteration to the existing teeth, making this procedure much faster and a safer long-term solution.
Schedule your free consultation to see if Lumineers are the right choice for you.