If you suffer from tooth loss due to periodontal disease, decay, or trauma, we offer treatment options, such as bridges and dental implants to solve the problem of missing teeth.
Dental implants provide the most natural, long-term and stable treatment option to replace missing teeth while boasting many benefits for your health and appearance.
Tooth loss affects how you eat, how you speak and how you feel about your smile. The gap left behind by a missing tooth leaves space for your teeth to shift, negatively impacting your bite function and oral health. As teeth move, roots can be exposed and develop sensitivity or decay.
When tooth loss or an extraction occurs, the supporting bone deteriorates, leaving your adjacent and opposing teeth susceptible to continued tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth quickly can prevent a number of oral health issues.
Dental implants mimic natural teeth by replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Made of biocompatible metal, typically titanium, dental implants fuse to your natural bone.
Dr Andrew Dunn precisely matches the dental implant crown to the surrounding teeth for aesthetic results.
Dental implants require several steps to complete:
Dr Dunn will first determine if you are healthy enough for dental implants. Sufficient bone is necessary to support the dental implant and the forces of chewing. If additional treatment, such as bone grafting, is needed, he will discuss your options with you.
Placing the dental implant into the jawbone is the next step. Most patients report only mild post-operative discomfort, which is easily managed with over-the-counter medications.
Allowing appropriate time for the dental implant to heal and integrate with your bone is an essential step in the process. Integration with the bone typically takes between four months. Certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking, can slow healing.
Placing the dental implant crown is the final phase of treatment. Dr Dunn will design a custom crown and ensure that it looks completely natural. No one will know that you have a dental implant when you smile.
With the proper professional and home care, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Avoiding periodontal disease is essential, as it can affect the bone surrounding the dental implant and cause it to fail.
Dental implants add stability to other dentistry, such as dentures and bridges. Many patients enjoy the added confidence that implants provide.
Our Centennial Smiles dental team will help you achieve your oral health goals. We welcome you to contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss your options.
We always present all treatment procedures, along with the benefits of each, enabling our patients to make the best decision for their smiles.