Dental implants are a permanent solution for your missing or damaged teeth. They offer comfort and stability that’s unmatched among restoration options. They don’t require dietary restrictions so you can relax and eat confidently again. Whether you’re looking to restore one tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch, Dr. Bram will give your smile the treatment it deserves.
A dental implant is a beautiful, natural-looking prosthetic tooth. Unlike dentures, they won’t come loose and slide around in your mouth because they’re attached to your jawbone. The implant forms a bond with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Your dental implants are custom made to blend with the rest of your smile, making them impossible to identify from your natural teeth. They also improve your oral health by holding your natural teeth in place and stimulating healthy jawbone growth. Furthermore, implants decrease your chance of developing gum disease because they eliminate the gaps where plaque grows.
Dental implants use a combination of advanced technologies, but the implant process is easy to explain:
Due to recent advancements in implant technology, dental implants are available to more people than ever before. Depending on the current condition of your mouth, you may need supplemental treatment before starting the dental implant process. The easiest way to know if dental implants are ideal for you is to speak with Dr. Bram, our qualified St. Charles implant dentist, today.
Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants are completely immune to dangerous oral conditions such as tooth decay. That said, the gums holding your implant in place are still susceptible to conditions such as gum disease. However, as long as you properly brush and floss your implants every day and attend your regularly scheduled cleanings, your dental implants can end up lasting you a lifetime.
The chances of treatment with dental implants succeeding largely depend on the patient’s individual condition. Naturally, certain patients may have a condition or habit, such as smoking or alcoholism, that will have a much lower chance of their treatment succeeding. However, a healthy patient with good oral hygiene can expect a success rate of 95 to 98 percent. During your consultation, we will examine your condition to ensure that you have the highest rate of success possible.
It is not possible to turn your current denture into a dental implant, as the implant portion of this treatment is actually the titanium post that is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth root. With that said, it may actually be possible to replace your dentures with new, implant-supported overdentures. For this treatment, we will place four to six implants along your jawbone. Once each implant fixture has been accepted by your body, we will be able to attach an overdenture, giving you the strength and support of implants with the complete restoration ability of dentures.