Unfortunately, tens of millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss every year, which is why Arrowhead Dental in Evanston, WY offers dental implants for patients that have one or more missing teeth. In recent years, dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement treatment because of their many benefits.
Implants and teeth-in-a-day implants are among the hottest topics in dentistry. They can replace one tooth or every tooth. Implants can significantly improve chewing ability as well as helping speech and improving appearance. 3D technology allows us to plan out these procedures in advance, eliminating any guesswork or surprises the day of surgery. We combine this technology with 3D printing and CEREC technology to take that plan and make a surgical guide that then allows us to execute the plan precisely. Procedures take 75% less time for our patients. Additionally, the final results are better because we have planned for the final crown. This technology is so new that most dentists are not able to provide this kind of care.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of three parts:
The implant screw
- A small titanium screw that serves as the root element of a prosthetic tooth.
- A support structure that links the implant screw to the restoration.
- A prosthetic, typically made from porcelain or zirconia. Implants can be used to support a single crown, fixed bridge or full-mouth restoration.
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. In almost every case, implants are superior to traditional bridges, partial dentures and full dentures.
Dental Implant Process
Before you can receive a dental implant, Dr. Jordan Argyle, Dr. Jonathan Morgan or Dr. Greg Dover need to determine if you are a suitable candidate for implant treatment. During a consultation appointment, we will conduct a thorough examination and review your medical and dental histories. We may also take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums. Patients must have an adequate amount of bone to properly support an implant. For those with bone deterioration, you may need a bone graft before implantation is possible.
Once we have developed a proper and precise treatment plan, we can schedule the procedure. In most cases, the procedure is split into two surgeries. During the first surgery, we will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone. Next, we will drill a tiny hole so the implant can be deeply embedded in the jaw. Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision.
For the next several months, the implant screw and your jaw will fuse together during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is crucial to the success of your implant and is largely responsible for the durability, stability and longevity of an implant-supported restoration.
After osseointegration is complete, we can schedule the second surgery and place the abutment. In certain circumstances, the abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant screw, which eliminates the need for a second surgery. Once the abutment is in place, we will take an impression, make a model and send it to the dental laboratory. At the lab, our technicians will use the model to fabricate your final restoration. After your restoration is complete, we will permanently bond it to the abutment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have some benefits that make them the ideal solution for tooth loss. For instance, implant-supported restorations are made from the strongest and most aesthetically pleasing material available. Your restoration will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. In fact, you will be able to eat all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your restoration.
Implant screws also prevent bone deterioration and other complications with your adjacent teeth. Once you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy. An implant screw provides the necessary stimulation to prevent deterioration. Also, an implant-supported restoration does not affect your adjacent teeth, unlike traditional bridges and partial dentures.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you are interested in dental implants, please call our office today at 307-789-5210 to schedule an appointment with our dentists and learn more about dental implants in Evanston, Wyoming.