If you have a lost tooth or many missing teeth, Dental Implants might be a great solution. Our office specializes in smile restorations. Our goal at East Highland Dental is to create a new smile you can be proud of.
Dr. Shah is your trustworthy implant dentist in Highland. Many patients in Highland and the surrounding mountain communities trust Dr. Shah to restore their smile. So whether you're dealing with the loss of one tooth or many teeth, our office can help.
Why Does Someone Need A Root Canal?
The main reasons you will need a root canal is to stop the pain and to save a tooth. Your teeth can become infected. When the infection arrives, it can spread to the tooth center, also known as the dental pulp. Your dental pulp houses many sensitive nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. So if bacteria can penetrate this area, a lot of pain will come about. When this occurs, immediate treatment is the best course of action.
What Are Implants
Teeth implants are a permanent replacement teeth solution. These prosthetics provide an alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Implants themselves consist of small posts made from titanium where they are surgically implanted in your jawbone to help support a tooth restoration. After some time, your jaw bone will naturally fuse with the metal implant. The fusion will form a strong root foundation for your replacement tooth.
Types Of Dental Implants
Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant replaces the roots of your missing tooth. As the name implies, it's a stand-alone post. If you are missing one tooth, a single implant is highly recommended. Getting a single implant will improve your smile, chewing, and jaw bone health.
Implant-Supported Bridges and Dentures
Dental implants are beneficial when there are several missing teeth. An implant can act as a support post for a bridge. Implant-supported bridges will replace the lost natural teeth and some of your tooth roots. The great thing with this type of bridge is that it does not need support from the teeth next to it.
For patients missing all their teeth, an implant denture is an excellent treatment. Implants dentures can too replace your missing teeth and some of your tooth roots. Since dental implants fuse with your jawbone, implant dentures provide more stability and comfort. You can expect to bite and chew naturally with this dental restoration.
Am I A Good Candidate For Implants?
In general, the right implant candidate is in good health with a jaw that can support it. Patients with chronic diseases like diabetes might not be the best candidates because certain chronic diseases can slow healing. If you smoke, it's best to stop while getting an implant since tobacco slows healing. If one doesn't have enough bone density, then a bone graft can help build up the jaw bone.
The Implant Placement Process
The core implant treatment involves three general steps.
Implant Placement: With X-rays and precise measurements, Dr. Shah will locate the implant's best area. After the placement of the titanium post in your jawbone, expect some tenderness and swelling.
Healing Process - osseointegration, the process of the jawbone fusing to the post, will happen here. This part of the process will take some time. Most patients will range from several weeks to months for this healing to complete.
Dental Prosthesis Placement - this final stage is where the dentist will place the replacement tooth on the implant itself. Our dentist will make a custom fit crown for you. Its design and look will be just like your other natural teeth. The replacement tooth attaches itself to an abutment that's inside your implant.
Benefits Of Implants
Implants are popular with patients due to the plethora of benefits they give. For starters, they help you regain your self-confidence. Many patients feel embarrassed with their appearance by the loss of a tooth. With an implant, there's no more unsightly gap from a missing tooth when you smile.
Another valuable benefit of implants is the prevention of bone loss. You see, when one loses their teeth, you can also lose bone in that area due to a lack of stimulation. Receiving a tooth implant provides the necessary pressure to keep bone density healthy.
Dental implants can also improve your quality of life. Many patients complain of not being able to enjoy their favorite foods with a denture or bridge. After receiving an implant, you can enjoy crunchy carrots or corn on the cob again—no more difficulty chewing a nice juicy steak. With the best stability out of all the possible dental restorations, there are no more restrictions on the foods you love to eat.
Other technical benefits of implants include:
offering firm support for dental prosthetics like dentures and bridges. Dental restorations can attach to implants to lessen shifting and increase stability.
provides a more natural feeling prosthetic
increase in comfort when compared to a denture
good value in comparison to the time length an implant can last
Do Implants Need Replacement?
If you take good care of your oral health and get regular checkups and cleanings, then your implant can last decades, even a lifetime. Implant treatment is a very reliable procedure, with over a 95% success rate.
Are Implants Right For Me?
So if you have missing teeth or are unhappy with a denture or bridge, contact our office today. Dr. Shah can help discuss and examine if implants are right for you.