Restorations – Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They also can provide a solution to having to wear removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for single or multiple missing teeth as well as supporting or retaining partial or complete dentures.
Dental implants can be thought of as substitutes for the roots of teeth. Once the implants are in place, teeth can be either permanently cemented or screwed onto the implants or removable partial or complete dentures can be secured with snap type attachments.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is unique in that bone fuses to it, giving the implants the stability needed to support teeth.
Dr. Sevey has the training and experience to help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. With his experience in both the placement and restoration of dental implants, many times he can manage all aspects of your dental implant case. However, some cases present special challenges that may require the utilization of and referral to an appropriate surgical specialist.
In addition to the more standard “root form” implants, at Creative Dental Solutions Dr. Sevey also has available “mini” dental implants. These narrower diameter implants can many times be used in areas where bone has shrunk and traditional implants would not fit. Although they cannot be used in all situations, they open up the possibility of implant dentistry to patients that may not have been candidates without extensive bone grafting. The placement of the mini dental implant is most times a simpler and easier process than standard implant placements and the fees involved may be lower. They can be used in many of the same situations as standard implants.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Support a removable partial or complete denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- An alternative to root canal treatment
- An alternative to fixed bridgework
- An alternative to a partial denture
- An alternative to a complete denture
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits to our Bangor office over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions from Dr. Sevey when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits with Creative Dental Solutions will aid in the life of your new implant.
For more information on dental implants in Bangor Maine, contact Creative Dental Solutions today.
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