Due to recent innovations, dental implants are now easier and more affordable for patients than ever. Almost every patient with tooth loss is a good candidate for this procedure – some of our recent dental implant patients have been over 100 years old.
- Dr. Holtzen -
Smile with confidence.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal “root” that is inserted into the jaw bone while the patient is asleep. This artificial root can be used to replace an individual tooth, multiple teeth, or a full mouth of new teeth. Implants may also be used to stabilize dentures. The new tooth or teeth allow the patient to comfortably chew, smile, and live with confidence. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth – only you will know you have had dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to replace teeth lost to disease, decay, or injury. Patients can receive a single implant, multiple implants, or a full set of implant-supported teeth. Tooth loss can be painful, embarrassing, and inconvenient. It can affect what you can eat, how you speak, and how you live – it can even affect your desire and ability to smile.
In addition, dental disease, tooth loss, and oral decay can also contribute to problems with overall health, including:
• Jaw bone health issues
• Heart disease
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Preterm birth and low birth weight
Results: How receiving dental implants at the Surgical Arts Centre can help
For years, patients have covered up tooth loss with bridges, crowns, and dentures – solutions that often didn’t address the underlying problems related to tooth loss or restore full function to the mouth. Now, with the help of dental implants, patients can expect much more ideal results:
• Replacement teeth that look and feel like your natural teeth.
• A solution that lasts much longer than bridges or dentures.
• Better and easier oral hygiene.
• Healthier, stronger jaw bones.
• Pain-free chewing and speaking.
• An unrestricted diet and the ability to eat all types of foods.
• Clearer speech.
• Better self-esteem and a confident smile.
• The preservation of the bone that supports the teeth and facial structure.
How do implants stack up against your other options for tooth replacements?
Comparison: Dental Implants Vs. Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge restores a tooth or teeth by using healthy adjacent teeth to anchor or “bridge” a manufactured replacement tooth. The major differences between an implant and a bridge include:
|A dental bridge requires two healthy teeth located on either side of the missing tooth or teeth.
||A dental implant does not require healthy teeth anywhere in the mouth.
|Dental bridges require the removal of the enamel from the adjacent teeth, often resulting in future dental problems and further tooth loss.
||Dental implants do not affect the teeth on either side of the implant in any way and does not lead to tooth loss in other areas of the mouth.
|Dental bridges require altering and crowning adjacent teeth.
||Dental implants do not disrupt other areas of the mouth.
|Dental bridges allow jaw bone to melt away over time, harming the functionality of your mouth and changing the appearance of your face and jawline.
||Dental implants actually prevent jaw bone loss and encourage a healthy, functional jaw.
|Bridges may be apparent to other people and may limit your diet or the functionality of your teeth.
||Dental implants look and function extraordinarily like regular teeth: It is difficult to spot an implant, and implants do not affect what you can eat.
|Although dental bridges and dental implants have similar cost at the outset, dental bridges are more likely to need replacement. In addition, when a bridge fails it often results in the loss of additional teeth.
||Dental implants are less expensive in the long run. In the event that an implant needs to be replaced, surrounding teeth are not harmed in the process.
Dental Implants Vs. Partial Dentures
Comparison: Partial Dentures vs Dental Implants
Partial dentures can be a fast fix for many people who have lost some of their teeth. However, even though this option is relatively fast and inexpensive in comparison to other solutions, it has several significant drawbacks.
|Dentures must be maintained and cleaned separately from your teeth. Dentures also often require messy adhesives.
||Dental implants can be cleaned like your natural teeth.
|Dentures can slip, wiggle, irritating your gums.
||Dental implants are permanent fixtures that feel and look like new teeth.
|Dentures cause jaw bone loss and other oral health issues.
||Dental implants prevent jaw bone loss and encourage a healthy, strong jaw.
|Wearing dentures means following a specific set of dietary rules and avoiding many foods.
||Dental implants allow you to eat anything you want.
|Because dentures may cause your jaw bone to shrink, many denture wearers may look older in appearance.
||Dental implants prevent the bone loss that prematurely ages your face.
|Dentures alone are less expensive. But over time many patients lose so much bone that they can no longer wear a denture. Once a patient gets to this point, reversing the process becomes much more complicated and expensive.
||Dental implants are often a less expensive long-term solution than dentures. In addition, the overall added benefits of dental implants give them higher overall value.
Learn more about dental implants
Montana’s Surgical Arts Centre offers individual dental implants, multiple dental implants, and All-on-4 full arch dental implants.
We want to help you to get the smile you deserve.