Dental Implant Treatments
There are no tooth-replacement options our doctors can use that provide longer lasting and more natural results than getting a dental implant.
When you get a dental implant at Bluff Creek Dental, you will not only replace your missing tooth. Your dental implant will also help you to preserve the tooth-supporting bone that would, otherwise, naturally deteriorate from having a missing or lost tooth.
When we place a dental implant, we use a small screw-shaped titanium post to replace, and act as the natural supporting root of a missing tooth. Implant treatment at our office often only requires local anesthesia. Implants have a higher success rate than any other tooth-replacement option, and because we cover it with a life-like, custom made crown that matches your existing teeth perfectly, nobody will ever know you have an implant. It will look exactly like the rest of your natural teeth.
Our Options For Tooth Replacement Using Dental Implants
Replace One Tooth with a Dental Implant
When you have one missing tooth, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root of that tooth. A crown then goes on top of this implant to replace your actual tooth. This treatment option for a missing tooth has a success rate of over 95%, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth.
Replace Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement solution. Often, Dr. Schold won’t need to use an implant for every missing tooth. Instead, she can use implants to support fixed bridgework. By doing this, you won’t need to use your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports. This is important because natural teeth can weaken and are more susceptible to decay when used as supporting structures for bridgework.
Dental Implants Replace All Teeth
When you want to permanently replace all of your teeth, our doctors use dental implants to support the entire upper and lower arch. The teeth are then permanently fixed into your mouth. An entire set of new teeth can often be supported by as few as 4 implants. Because dental implants are permanent, they won’t slip. When Dr. Schold and Dr. Smars use dental implant to replace teeth, your jaw structure will also be better protected. With proper care, your new teeth will last a lifetime.
Implants Supported Removable Dentures
Our doctors also use dental implants to make removable dentures more comfortable and healthier to wear. That’s because traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. Without implants to support dentures, bone loss can occur faster causing the jaw to shrink and dentures to slip. Using dental implants, our doctors can attach a removable denture and transfer pressure into the bone rather than on the bone surface.
How an Implant Works
During a minor surgical procedure, one of our doctors will insert a dental implant into the space where your missing tooth root used to be. Your implant will heal, and fuse with your jaw to become permanent. Once that happens, a crown is attached. Your dental implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, it will feel just like the natural tooth that used to be there.
How to Take Care of Your Implant
There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting force. Poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this.
Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we will recommend a night-guard to protect your implants.
Reach out to our talented team and schedule your initial appointment today.