Treatment For All AgesDental Implants

Replace missing teeth with a fully functional artificial tooth that is implanted into the jawbone. Prevent further bone loss with the stimulation that implants provide through osseointegration. Dental implants are the best value for your money tooth replacement procedure. 

Dr. Chris Mun can help you restore the function, appearance, health of your teeth today with dental implants. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if they’re right for you.

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Functional Tooth ReplacementWhat Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a method of replacing missing teeth through the use of a titanium screw and post which is implanted into the jaw bone and later connected to a crown or artificial tooth. This is a more permanent solution to replacing teeth compared to dentures, because the implant will fuse with the jawbone, preventing bone loss and functioning like a normal tooth.

The BasicsHow Do Implants Work?

The procedure begins with a minor oral surgery, where a titanium implant is placed into the jawbone with the aid of a local anesthetic. It will take 2 weeks to heal from the surgery but several months for osseointegration to take place, in which the implant fuses with the jawbone. This can take between 3-6 months and you will have appointments in between to check on your progress.

Once osseointegration has been complete and the bone has grown around the implant, a foundation will be created for your new artificial tooth. Impressions of your teeth will be taken so we can match the artificial tooth as closely to the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth as possible.

Finally, the artificial tooth or crown will be screwed onto the implant and cemented into place. After the procedure, you may experience some swelling or bleeding of the gums and will need to stick to soft foods in the initial days following the procedure.

The implants provide a stable base for tooth replacement because they are attached to the jawbone and gum tissue. This allows for stimulation of the jawbone to prevent further bone loss and sufficient support to chew your food like normal. You will not be restricted in what foods you can eat and you will only need to clean your teeth like normal to maintain dental implants.

Understanding the DifferenceSingle Tooth vs Full Arch Implants

Single Tooth Implant: Single-tooth implants are used to replace individual missing teeth. While multiple teeth can be replaced this way, they will all be separate implants. These are the traditional dental implants used if you still have most of your teeth and are in generally good oral health. 

The implant process is the same as described above, in which a titanium implant is placed into the jawbone, fuses with it, and then a foundation and tooth restoration is attached to restore the function of your teeth.

Full Arch Implant: Unlike single-tooth implants, full-arch implants are used to replace entire arches of teeth. The procedure requires extracting the remaining healthy teeth you do have, so this procedure is only recommended for people who have already lost most of their natural teeth. 

An entire arch of teeth can be replaced by making a series of 4-6 implants into the jawbone. The initial implant, healing, and osseointegration procedure are the same as single-tooth implants, but the tooth replacement method is different.

Once you have fully healed and the implants have fused with the jawbone, you will have a set of permanent or removable dentures that clip onto the implants. These dentures are very secure, do not shift when talking or chewing, do not slur your speech, and are easier to maintain than traditional dentures. 

While you wait for your mouth to heal and for the implants to fuse with your jawbone, you will be given a set of temporary teeth until your permanent replacement is ready.

Making the Right DecisionWhy Choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants are sturdier, easier to maintain, and a more permanent solution for teeth replacement compared to dentures. Unlike dentures, dental implants preserve your jawbone and prevent further bone loss. Enjoy all of your favorite foods, activities, and feel confident in your smile without worrying about shifting dentures. 

To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Whitestone Family Dentistry today. Dr. Chris Mun will examine your teeth during your consultation and make a recommendation based on your oral health and goals.

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