Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing missing teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
However, not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
Dental implants are used to replace missing roots and to support replacement teeth, which may be fixed to the implant(s) or removable.
Implants are not for everyone. You must be in good general health, have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to support the implant(s). You must be willing to see your dentist or dental specialist several times until the work is done and take very good care of your implant(s). In addition, implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth.
It’s normal for bone to shrink if it no longer has teeth to support. Because an implant sticks to bone, the bone is less likely to shrink. But if you have been missing teeth for some time, you may have lost bone. A bone graft can build up the bone so it can support an implant. When a bone graft is done, bone is added to the area where your jawbone has shrunk.
Here’s How an Implant is Done:
Dr. Rogers will put a small metal post into your jawbone.
Over time, the post will bond with the bone around it.
The post (or implant) will act like an anchor to hold one or more false teeth in place.
Because implants stick to the bone, false teeth attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth. But implants are not as strong as natural teeth. You must brush and floss your implant(s) very carefully. Be gentle, but make sure you brush all sides of your implant(s). A toothbrush that has longer bristles at the tip may help clean behind your implant(s).
Floss very carefully at least once a day. You will need to be gentle with the floss where the implant meets the gum (which is called the gumline). You may find a floss threader useful for cleaning this area. It is an innovative, cost-effective dental implant solution for denture wearers!
There are many things more embarrassing than having your dentures flop out your mouth while speaking to someone else. But that is precisely what many people who wear dentures are concerned about every time they open their mouths. Not anymore! With SecondSmiles™ Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day dental implant solution, denture wearers can enjoy the freedom and confidence of having completely stable and secure teeth. With a beautiful set of teeth attached to implants, you will have the confidence and freedom to enjoy any social activity you desire. Never worry about loose dentures again!
More Affordable Dental Implant Cost Than Ever Before!
Thanks to the latest in dental implant technology, permanent teeth have never been more affordable and cost effective. Using a procedure called All-on-4TM, our qualified teams of denturists and dental surgeons place a permanent set of teeth on only four implants per arch. Conventional dental implant procedures typically require anywhere from six to twelve implants per arch. Fewer implants results in a reduced price and appointment time and the savings are passed on to you, the patient!
Faster Dental Implant Procedure & Recovery Time!
Many people who wear dentures are concerned with the amount of time it takes for the dental implant procedure itself and additional recovery time required with the procedure. Conventional dental implant procedures can require many appointments, and many hours of long surgical procedures. Additionally, it to recover from conventional dental implants. With SecondSmiles™ Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day solution, the procedure takes just one day (instead of multiple appointments), and patients can eat anything they want immediately following the procedure!
No Invasive Bone-Grafting!
Conventional dental implant treatments often require additional surgeries to add bone to a patient’s jaw to ensure enough bone is available to hold the dental implants. These additional surgeries can include bone-grafting and sinus-lifting, both of which are quite invasive and can be very painful to endure. Fortunately, with SecondSmiles™ Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day dental implant solution, the likelihood of a patient requiring bone-grafting or sinus-lifting is significantly reduced. In fact, the vast majority of our patients do not require these invasive procedures at all!
What is Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day?
Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day is the ultimate dental implant solution for denture wearers. Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day is exactly as the name describes: permanent, non-removable teeth in just one day. This innovative solution is made possible through the use of a technology called All-on-4, a simplified treatment concept that provides:
- Permanent, Non-removable Teeth (imagine never taking your teeth out again)
- Predictable Aesthetics (beautiful looking teeth)
- Full and Immediate Functionality (eat whatever you want from day one)
- In One Day!
- Without the need for bone-grafting in most cases (no grafting of bone from your hip or chin)
The All-on-4 technique allows for the placement of a complete arch of permanent teeth on just four* dental implants. The implants are placed at angles to utilize the best available bone. Prior to the development of All-on-4, patients often had to endure many long, uncomfortable and expensive procedures, such as bone-grafting, to ensure that enough bone was available to integrate with their implants. With All-on-4, there is far less likelihood of requiring any bone-grafting at all. Best of all, this all happens for you in just one day!
*Occasionally, five implants are required.