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DENTAL IMPLANTS

is a dental implant right for you...

Do you suffer from missing teeth that makes smiling awkward or chewing difficult? Or are you looking for a more permanent and convenient alternative to dentures? If so, dental implants might be the perfect solution for you.  A dental implant is a permanent artificial tooth root made from medical-grade titanium, that is fixed into the bone of your jaw. Over the course of time, this artificial root will fuse with the cells of your bone so that it provides a secure anchor for your new artificial teeth in the same way your original natural tooth root did for your natural tooth. With new artificial teeth and dental crowns, dental implant surgery will give you back a full set of teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Whether receiving single tooth implants, multiple teeth implants, or even a set of full mouth dental implants, you can look forward to regaining confidence, comfort, and convenience in a way that dentures could not provide!  

Single Tooth
Implant

Did you know that a single missing tooth can have a negative impact on your remaining healthy teeth? Even a single gap in your smile can cause your surrounding teeth to shift and misalign your bite, making chewing more difficult and causing your teeth to wear unevenly. Also, a missing tooth root can cause the jawbone to begin deteriorating, a process which can be countered or halted by a dental implant.

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Single tooth implants are most often required for patients who have lost a single tooth due to an accident or some form of periodontal disease. Our first goal at Diamond Coast Dental will always be to save the tooth, which may require emergency or cosmetic dentistry. However, if the tooth cannot be saved, a tooth implant provides patients with an artificial tooth that will be almost indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Multiple Teeth
Implants

Implanting multiple teeth without performing the full mouth procedure may be possible if the gums and surrounding teeth are still healthy.  Acting quickly can also save you from needing full dental implants later as having a dental implant promotes bone and gum health. Contact us for an appointment at our dental clinic, and we will be able to diagnose whether you will require multiple or full dental implants.

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Multiple teeth implants involve the implantation of multiple fixtures to which dental crowns are attached. Like the single implant, these new teeth will look, feel, and function exactly like your natural teeth, giving you back your confident smile! Our complimentary consultation gives you all the information you need to make an informed decision and allow you to walk into your dental implant surgery knowing exactly what to expect!    

Full Mouth
Dental Implants

Many patients find dentures cumbersome to wear and visually unsatisfactory. Some may be satisfied with their upper dentures but find the lower ones to be uncomfortable. Or even for those who are satisfied with the look and feel of their dentures, the impact of missing teeth on their long-term oral health should be considered as bone loss of the jaw can lead to distortions in the structure of the face.

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So, if you are missing your entire upper and/or lower set of teeth, or if you are missing several teeth and your overall oral health is poorer than desired, full mouth dental implants may be well worth considering. Our dental clinic is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and our highly qualified and experienced oral surgeon has performed numerous successful procedures, so book your complimentary consultation today!

Dental Implant Procedure​

Our dental implant procedure begins with a complimentary consultation service, during which we will discuss the benefits, risks, and alternatives with you in detail, as well as answer any questions you may have. We will then conduct a thorough dental exam, during which X-rays and/or CT scans will be taken to diagnose your specific needs. There will also be further discussion about your medical and dental history and goals to ensure if you are a suitable candidate for the oral surgery, after which a customized plan will be established and shared with you.

The oral surgery procedure itself is usually conducted under IV sedation for your comfort. The steps of surgery depend on the customized plan but can involve bone grafting and extraction before placing the implants into the jawbone. Once the implants have fused with the bone (a process that can take 12 to 16 weeks), a connector to support and hold the tooth or teeth (known as an abutment) will be created, to which a dental crown is attached.

Dental Implant Cost

One of the primary things to look at when considering the cost of dental implants is their longevity. While dental implant cost is undeniably higher than flippers, dentures, or bridges, there are considerable long-term savings in the fact that implants last a lifetime. In comparison, a flipper will generally last between 1-3 years, dentures for 5-7 years, and a bridge will keep you going for around 7-10 years, and all of these options require periodic adjustments even within their shorter lifespans.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are not only permanent without any need for adjustments, they are also the only option that can prevent bone loss that leads to facial distortions, and they do not accelerate the loss of adjacent teeth as all of the other options do. This means that there are also indirect long-term savings by maintaining the health of your remaining teeth, as well as eliminating costs of cosmetic dentistry by preserving facial appearance.

Dental Implants Problems

As with all types of regular and oral surgery, there is a small risk of dental implants problems arising. The most common of these are pain and infection, so post-operative antibiotics and pain medication are usually prescribed to prevent these. As long as there is no infection, post-operative pain is usually quite minimal and can be managed with the prescribed medications. If infection does occur, an additional course of antibiotics may be required. While implants are made and expected to last a lifetime, there is also a chance of this not being the case. Long-term studies of 30 years or more have shown that there is an 80-90% success rate for full mouth implants, and a 95% success rate for single or multiple teeth implants, which is considered high compared to other types of body implants.

Other very rare risks include injury of adjacent teeth or irritation of a nerve during surgery. These types of risks are minimized when your oral surgeon is highly skilled and experienced in dental implant surgery. You should be notified post-surgery of signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate the onset of these complications, so be sure to contact your surgeon’s office immediately if you suspect any problems.

Your Appointment

To ensure the best dental care & correct time allotment for your specific need, one of our care specialist will contact you to finalize your appointment.