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Dental implants represent tremendous progress in tooth replacement technology, as they offer the only structurally complete prosthetic consisting of a root-like structure and a crown. Because of their structural integrity, dental implants give patients a number of benefits when compared with more traditional approaches to tooth replacement, including fixed dental bridges and conventional dentures.

In order to enjoy all of these benefits, however, patients must be good candidates for this treatment and must take proper care of the dental implants to get their maximum durability. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and seeing whether they might be a good solution for your situation, contact our office to schedule an evaluation.

Reasons to get dental implants

We often recommend dental implants to patients who want a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. If you have several missing teeth but do not want dentures, we can place several implants to restore your smile. Other reasons include:

  • Permanent replacement after tooth extractions
  • Restore the smile after severe periodontal disease
  • Extensive bone loss
  • Osteoporosis that has weakened the teeth
  • Resorption of bone

Benefits Of Dental Implants

They are a sturdy, permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. They are a stable alternative to a bridge and are fused to the jaw bone to prevent bone loss. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Looks and feels like your natural teeth
  • Permanently integrated into the jaw bone
  • Can be placed to support a set of dentures
  • Improves aesthetics of your smile
  • Restores proper functioning of your smile
  • Customized for the patient

Types Of Dental Implants

Our office places two types of dental implants: standard and mini. Both types of implants have the same basic design: a small post that resembles a screw and is made of biocompatible titanium. The bone tissue in the jaw is capable of forming a strong bond with titanium, so after osseointegration is complete, the implant becomes a fixture in the jaw. Standard dental implants are topped with a separate abutment that secures the appliance, which can be a single crown, fixed dental bridge or denture, depending on the patient’s needs. In mini implants, the abutment and implant are typically combined into a single structure. Additionally, the diameter of the mini-implant is much smaller than that of a traditional implant.

There are important treatment considerations that can determine whether standard dental implants or mini implants are better choices for the patient. For example, patients who have already experienced a significant bone loss may need to opt for mini implants, which require less bone for osseointegration. Mini implants are particularly useful for stabilizing dentures that have become loose due to changes in the jaw’s shape over time.

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When are patients good candidates for dental implants?

The quality of available bone at the implant site is the primary factor that determines long-term success and stability of dental implants. Patients with less available bone tissue may be suitable for mini implants, or a preliminary bone graft may be recommended if traditional dental implants are preferred. Patients must not have uncontrolled gum disease, as this condition can interfere with the healing process after dental implant placement. They should also be in good enough health in general to tolerate the surgical procedure needed for implant placement.

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The Proof is in Our Patients

Before Treatment

The Proof is in Our Patients

After Treatment

Removal of the infected anterior tooth and replaced with implant crown

Common Dental Implants Questions

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a device that looks like a screw and is made of titanium so that bone tissue from the jaw can fuse with the dental implant, leaving it as an artificial tooth root to support a prosthetic crown, bridge or denture. Because the dental implant functions the same way a natural tooth’s root does, the jawbone is more stable and the replacement is more functional.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient and may include associated treatments or services, such as x-rays, anesthesia or sedation and preliminary procedures, such as bone grafting. We accept a variety of payment methods to help our patients better absorb associated expenses into their budgets, and our diligent billing staff will work to maximize any insurance coverage that you may have for the treatment.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

The first step in determining whether dental implants are the best tooth loss solution for you is to schedule an evaluation at our office. Dr. Moriarty will assess the integrity of the bone at the proposed implant site to see if it is adequate to support osseointegration, which is the process in which the bone fuses with the implant to leave it as a fixture in the jaw. Some patients may need preliminary treatments, like bone grafting, while others may be immediately eligible for dental implant placement.  

How are dental implants placed?

Dr. Moriarty creates the dental implant placement treatment plan using lifelike three-dimensional images from a cone beam CT scan. The nature of the procedure depends on the design of the implant being placed. Traditional dental implants require surgical procedures in which the dentist makes an incision in the gum tissue at the implant site. These devices also require the placement of an abutment that the appliance slides over. Since mini implants are smaller, they do not require invasive surgery or sutures. Regardless of the nature of the placement procedure, patients can opt for sedation for maximum comfort throughout the process.

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Meet Dr. Moriarty

Dr. Moriarty has been providing high-quality dental care to his patients for more than 20 years. He has established himself as a leader in dentistry with his dedication to his clients’ oral health. He is a skilled dentist and accomplished in implant and cosmetic dentistry. With several professional memberships and a commitment to extensive continuing dental education as part of his portfolio, Dr. Moriarty is a dentist you can trust to meet all your dental needs.

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