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Dental Implants Explained

If you are in need of replacement teeth and are looking for a safe way to get a healthy smile while also being able to confidently eat, laugh, and be active, you may want to consider dental implants

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implants are those small screw-shaped artificial teeth roots that are able to integrate with your jaw bone so that they become a naturally strong base for crowns once they are inserted. 

In addition to the dental implant and crown, you will also have an abutment, which connects the crown to the dental implant. This helps ensure that dental implants and crowns continue to be the strongest option for replacement teeth. 

How Do Dental Implants Work

Those considering dental implants may wonder how they work. As mentioned above, dental implants are meant to help attach artificial teeth. To do so, the dental implants are surgically placed into one’s jaw bone so that they can support a crown and act as an artificial root.

Once the implant has been placed into the jaw bone and the gums have healed, a customized crown is placed onto the dental implant so that your tooth both looks and feels natural!

Why Dental Implants

People who choose to use dental implants do so because they want new teeth that look, function, and feel natural. Dental implants are also one of the sturdiest methods for supporting artificial teeth as the titanium in the implants fuse with one’s jaw bone, do not cause bone damage, and do not decay over time. In fact, they have been trusted and used by the dental industry for over 30 years now.

What Do Dental Implants Look Like

Dental implants consist of a screw-like cylinder that is made out of metal, such as titanium. However, since the dental implant acts as a root for crowns, the dental implant itself is not seen as the crown is what others will see. The crown looks like a real tooth, so no one will know the difference!

Types of Dental Implants

When patients choose to get dental implants, they are usually provided with four different dental implant type options. Those four are listed below.

  1. Endosteal/Endosseous Dental Implants
    This type of dental implants involves placing the implant into the jaw bone. It is often used as a substitute for dentures or a bridge.
  2. Subperiosteal Dental Implants
    A subperiosteal dental implant is also placed into the jaw bone, but the metal implant is left exposed to hold the restoration.

  3. Two-Stage Dental Implants
    This implant uses surgery to place the implant into the jaw bone and is left to heal for a time. Once healed, another minor surgery is required to expose the implant and attach the crown.

  4. Single-Stage Dental Implants
    This type of dental implant uses a lengthier implant so that the top stays exposed once placed into the jaw. Once healed, no surgery is then required to go back in and attach the crown.

Who Does Dental Implants

Dental implants are usually provided by dental health specialists, such as oral surgeons. If you are looking to get dental implants, it is worth checking around your local area for those who offer dental implant services. Most general dentists can place implants, as it is a standard of care for tooth replacement. Fredericksburg Smile Center’s Dr. Butterworth has had extensive training in implant dentistry.

Are Dental Implants Safe

While some may worry, dental implants are a well-known and reliable treatment for teeth replacement. Contemporary dental implants have been well-used throughout the dental community for over 30 years. The metal that they are typically made from, titanium, is biocompatible with human bodies. This procedure is also very popular as it has the highest level of comfort with the lowest level of risk for patients.

If you are interested in dental implants and want to learn more, please reach out to Fredericksburg Smile Center for more information.

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The Natural Look and Feel of Dental Implants

The average adult smile consists of 32 teeth, and each tooth serves a purpose. When a tooth is lost from injury, gum disease, or decay, the gap left behind can expose the other teeth to harmful bacteria, decay, and potential injury. For over 50 years, dental implants have been recommended as an optimal solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Implants are typically suggested after all efforts to preserve a tooth has been made.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. It mimics the natural tooth structure and serves as an anchor for one or more replacement teeth. The term “dental implant” often refers to the three components: ceramic crown, connector or abutment, and the titanium base that fuses with the jawbone.

What does a dental implant look like?

There are three parts in the anatomy of a dental implant – crown, connector, and base.

  • The crown is the prosthetic, upper portion of the implant. Crowns are typically made of ceramic materials which are made to look just like a natural tooth. Even your natural color is matched.
  • The connector, sometimes referred to as an abutment, simply serve as a means of attachment for the crown and the base.
  • The base or the implant itself, is the titanium anchor screws into the jawbone. The implant takes the place that would otherwise be occupied by the root of the teeth.

Who are the ideal candidates for dental implants?

Many of our patients are surprised to learn that when it comes to dealing with the discomfort and frustration of having missing teeth, they are not alone. In fact, nearly 69% of adults aged 35-44 are missing at least one tooth. And avoiding tooth replacement is just as common.

The ideal candidates for dental implants

For patients who are candidates, dental implants look, feel, and operate just like natural teeth. With proper hygiene and care, an implant can last a lifetime. When it comes to your smile, implants are not just about aesthetics. There are significant problems that may occur when one or more teeth are missing and implants offer patients a long-term solution.

If you’re like the millions of Americans who have one or more missing teeth, you could benefit from dental implants. Serving the Fredericksburg region with a combined thirty-eight years of experience, Dr. Cathie Hidalgo Seaman and Dr. Joel Butterworth specialize in dental implant surgery. Contact Smile Center to schedule your consultation today: 540-899-7791!

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Dispelling the Top 5 Misconceptions about Dental Implants

The average adult smile consists of twenty-eight teeth (not including wisdom teeth), and each tooth serves a purpose. When a tooth is lost from injury, gum disease, or decay, the gap left behind can expose the other teeth to harmful bacteria, decay, and potential injury. In the last couple of decades, dental implants have been recommended as an optimal solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Implants are typically suggested after all efforts to preserve a tooth have been made.

What is a Dental Implant?

An implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. It mimics the natural tooth structure and serves as an anchor for one or more replacement teeth. The term “dental implant” often refers to the following three components: ceramic crown, connector or abutment, and the titanium base that fuses with the jawbone.

Dispelling the Misconceptions

1. Dental implants look fake.

Perhaps the most common misconception about dental implants is that they will look noticeable, not natural. Most patients are actually surprised by how real their implants look and how natural they feel.

2. Getting implants is painful.

Actually, since there are not many nerve endings in bone, local anesthesia easily minimizes the discomfort. In fact, there is almost no postoperative pain involved. After the procedure itself, you may become used to your implants so quickly that you forget you even have them!

3. The cost of implants is expensive.

While implants do have a higher initial cost than most other dental procedures, they last much longer than other alternative options. Unlike bridges that may only last about ten years, implants can last a lifetime. The biocompatible titanium base is non-toxic and is integrated directly with your jawbone. Patients can brush, floss, and eat as they would with any of their other teeth.

4. Implants are unhealthy.

During the past several decades, this procedure has had a 95% success rate. The biocompatible titanium base is non-toxic and integrated directly with your jawbone.

5. Only an oral surgeon can place implants.

Oral surgery should always be performed by a skilled specialist. However, implants may be placed by a periodontist, prosthodontist, or general dentist who specializes in implants.

If you’re like the millions of Americans who have one or more missing teeth, you could benefit from dental implants. Serving the Fredericksburg region with a combined thirty-eight years of experience, Dr. Cathie Hidalgo Seaman and Dr. Joel Butterworth specialize in dental implant surgery. Contact Smile Center to schedule your consultation today: 540-899-7791!

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The Top 7 Benefits of Dental Implants

Many of our patients are surprised to learn that when it comes to dealing with the discomfort and frustration of having missing teeth, they are not alone. In fact, nearly 69% of adults aged 35-44 are missing at least one tooth. And avoiding tooth replacement is just as common.

For patients who are candidates, dental implants look, feel, and operate just like natural teeth. With proper hygiene and care, an implant can last a lifetime. When it comes to your smile, implants are not just about aesthetics. There are significant problems that may occur when one or more teeth are missing, and implants offer patients a long-term solution.

7 Benefits of Dental Implants

Natural look and performance

Dental implants look, feel, and act like a natural tooth. Perhaps the biggest benefit is restoring the ability to chew normally. You can smile, eat, speak, and clean your teeth just as you normally would.

Permanence

Unlike dentures, implants are not removable. There’s no need to soak overnight. Teeth are brushed and flossed as usual and you can enjoy the comfort of having a complete smile at all times of the day and night.

Durability

Unlike bridges that may only last about ten years, implants can last a lifetime. The biocompatible titanium base is non-toxic and is integrated directly with your jawbone.

Reducing exposure

When a tooth is missing, the other teeth are exposed to deterioration and decay. Food may become trapped in gaps in the gum line and lead to the growth of harmful bacteria and gum disease. Without the protection of an adjacent tooth, exposed teeth also become more susceptible to injury.

Stability

Gaps from missing teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to become unstable. Without the support of the missing teeth, a significant shift in position can negatively impact your bite, ability to chew, and the appearance of your smile. This shifting can lead to problems with TMJ and pain in the jawbone.

Prevention of bone loss

Within the first year of losing a tooth, the exposed area of the jawbone deteriorates rapidly with up to 25% loss. This bone loss, caused by a lack of stimulation, can actually be accelerated by dentures with abrasion.

Preserving the shape of your smile

If the roots of the teeth are not replaced with implants, the bone deterioration can lead to significant sagging and premature aging of the face. This, in turn, may lead to partial facial collapse, thinning of the lips, and increased wrinkles around the mouth.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re like the millions of Americans who have one or more missing teeth, you could benefit from dental implants. Serving the Fredericksburg region with a combined thirty-eight years of experience, Dr. Cathie Hidalgo Seaman and Dr. Joel Butterworth specialize in dental implant surgery. Contact Smile Center to schedule your consultation today: 540-899-7791!

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