Dental implants are the most effective and natural-looking way to replace missing teeth. A partial denture or a dental bridge can be used, but the comfort, aesthetics, and longevity can’t compare to implants. Dr. James Hastings received his training from OsteoReady™, Spear Education, and the Kois Center—some of the most highly respected organizations for continuing education in implant dentistry. He is well qualified to provide you with quality dental implants. And he completes the entire process—from planning to placement—in his office.
Why Are Dental Implants So Effective?
- The structure of a dental implant is like a natural tooth. A “root,” usually made of titanium, is surgically implanted in your jawbone and given two to six months to heal and fuse with the bone. This process, called osseointegration, stabilizes the implant.
- After the healing period, a dental crown is attached to the implant. Porcelain crowns have the color, characteristics, and translucence of your natural teeth. People won’t be able to tell the implant from your natural teeth.
- Dental implants stimulate your jawbone. When all of your teeth are missing, your jawbone begins to shrink. Over time, without jawbone support, your facial muscles will begin to sag. Implants help prevent jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse.
Replacing Missing Teeth with Implants
A dental implant can be used to replace a missing tooth. Unlike a partial denture or a dental bridge, an implant does not require work on adjacent teeth.
An endentulous patient is missing all of his or her natural teeth. If each tooth is replaced with an implant, the cost is per implant fixture. Instead, a full set of teeth can be anchored with a limited number of implants.
As few as two dental implants can stabilize your dentures, but more implants will increase stability. The base of your denture will be made to snap or screw onto the implants. Your ability to speak and eat with dentures will improve, and you won’t have to worry about them slipping around or falling out.
High-quality dental implants can last a lifetime. The careful steps Dr. Hastings takes to ensure your implants are successful include:
- Thoroughly reviewing your medical history and conducting 3-D diagnostic studies to ensure you’re a candidate for this treatment. Diagnostic studies also ensure your implants are properly placed. Otherwise nerve pain, sinus damage, or damage to other facial cavities can occur.
- Only using quality implant fixtures. Cheap fixtures can lead to implant failure.
- Completing the entire implant process in his office. This prevents miscommunication that can occur between the oral surgeon and restoring dentist. It also saves you the time and expense of visiting an oral surgeon.
- Referring you to a specialist if bone grafting is required.
If you would like to know if you are a candidate for dental implants, call us to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation, or request an appointment online.