Do your missing teeth make it difficult for you to smile at people? Do they make you think twice when you order at a restaurant? Are they the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror? These are very common issues for people with missing teeth, and over time, they can drastically impact your self-confidence as well as your oral health. Thankfully, Dr. Steve Aspros, Dr. Ransey Boyd, and Dr. Kirstin Walther can offer the most complete and reliable solution available today: dental implants. They can restore your teeth unlike any other procedure and the end result is a long lasting smile you will always be able to count on. If you’re curious about what dental implants can do for you, simply contact our Tallahassee, FL office today.
What makes dental implants so special is that they actually replace your teeth below the gum line as well as above. The titanium posts support your jawbone from the inside just like natural tooth roots, and this support prevents bone deterioration that usually causes dentures to lose their fit after only a few years. Plus, since restorations are being held in place with titanium as opposed to just natural suction or denture adhesive, patients never have to worry about their dentures slipping or falling out, giving them more confidence.
In the case of dental bridges, the surrounding healthy teeth have to be reduced to accommodate the anchoring crowns on the appliance, but dental implants do not impact your remaining teeth, helping to preserve them for longer. In addition, although denture and bridges alone need to be replaced about every 5 to 10 years, dental implants can last for more than 30 years with the proper maintenance.
With the assistance of a highly-trained specialist, a small titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw. This will provide sturdy support for your new replacement teeth. After you have been given time to heal (usually 3-6 months), you will return to our office to have your implant-retained restoration connected to the post. The type of restoration depends on your needs, i.e., how many teeth you need to replace.
When replacing a single tooth, a porcelain crown will be attached to the post using a connector called an abutment. It looks and feels so natural that you may even forget which tooth is artificial.
Just like their traditional counterparts, implant-retained bridges and partial dentures can be used to restore your lost teeth. In the case of a bridge, these crowns can be connected to two dental implants instead of natural teeth. A partial denture can be secured with a couple of dental implants. Both provide a completely natural-looking result that can last a lifetime with simple home oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Dental implants are so versatile, they can also be used to support a set of dentures. Multiple implant posts can be strategically placed to give you a set of dentures that looks better, lasts longer, and even provides a stronger bite force than traditional dentures. If you are missing a large amount of teeth and want to get your smile back, be sure to contact our office and ask about implant-retained dentures.
With so many variations and potential combinations, it’s nearly impossible to provide a general estimate for dental implants. However, when you have your consultation with us, we can create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Based on that plan, we can then give you an accurate estimate of the cost. Keep in mind that, although typically more expensive upfront, dental implants offer many more benefits and do not require frequent adjustments or replacements like dentures and bridges alone. In the long run, you may find that dental implants are the most cost effective option for replacing your missing teeth. Schedule your consultation to find out!