Dental implants are permanent lost-teeth replacements designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They consist of small titanium posts that take the place of your tooth roots to provide a stable base for tooth restoration. Dental implants function as your replacement tooth roots and stimulate your jawbone to help keep it healthy and strong. This helps to prevent calcium resorption and bone loss and recession, which is common with tooth loss. As a result, dental implants have one of the highest success rates among the tooth replacement options available at Desert Inn Smiles.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation appointment with our dentist. Our dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays to see if there are any signs of bone loss or gum recession that could affect the success of your procedure. If you’re in good general health and have healthy gums and bone structure, then it’s likely that you could have dental implants placed.
The visible component of a dental implant could be made to look like a natural tooth, making it blend seamlessly with your smile. And being permanently implanted, it has no chance of falling out.
Because implants are rooted into the jawbone just like natural teeth, they are as stable as natural teeth. This improves your ability to eat all your favorite foods without pain or discomfort.
Removable dentures can slip and slide around in the mouth, making speaking and eating difficult. Dental implants eliminate this problem because they are permanently attached to the jawbone.
Tooth loss causes the supporting bone in the jaw to deteriorate over time. The deterioration of the jawbone can cause additional tooth loss because the root is no longer present to stimulate the bone and keep it healthy. When a tooth is lost due to an extraction, an implant is placed into the empty socket to restore the function of the tooth root. This prevents the deterioration of the jawbone and helps preserve the jawbone's health to prevent additional tooth loss.
People with removable dentures often slur their words because their teeth are not stable enough to support standard speech patterns. However, dental implants allow a person to speak normally without worrying about the teeth slipping around in the mouth.
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime with good oral hygiene at home, regular dental examinations, and cleanings.
A titanium screw is surgically placed in the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. Over a few months, the implant and jawbone will fuse through osseointegration. This anchors the implant securely in place. Temporary crowns are placed over the implants while the gums heal around them. These temporary teeth allow the patient to eat and speak normally during healing.
Once recovery is complete, patients return to our office to have their permanent crowns attached. This step completes treatment and creates a robust new tooth that looks and feels like a natural smile.
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option because they look and function like your natural teeth. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can get them in singles or as an entire set.
Dental implants are a permanent treatment option, meaning you’ll never need to worry about them falling out or breaking like removable appliances. Of course, they must be examined and cleaned regularly to ensure they stay in top condition.
Yes, dentists may offer patients a few different kinds of implants. The most common types are endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are implanted directly into the jawbone, while subperiosteal implants sit over the bone. The latter are often used for patients with a shallow jawbone who cannot get an endosteal implant.
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants over other forms of treatment. Compared to other indirect forms of tooth replacement, such as conventional bridges and removable dentures, dental implants are more durable, attractive, and reliable because the titanium posts are naturally fused to your jawbone. By eliminating the use of neighboring teeth for support, dental implants can also protect the health of your natural teeth. In addition, because dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime, they also eliminate the need for ongoing maintenance, like adjustments and relining of your removable prosthetic devices.
To learn more about dental implants, visit Desert Inn Smiles at 3220 S. DURANGO DR. STE. B2, Las Vegas, NV 89117, or call (702) 834-7707