If you’re looking for a solution to stabilize your dentures or replace missing teeth, dental implants may be exactly what you’re searching for. Dental implants are designed to function and resemble your natural teeth in every way and restore the biting force you had prior to tooth loss.
There is no solution in dentistry that comes close to providing the same durability and strength of dental implants. The first implants were placed in the 1960s, and now, modern technology allows us to use them to replace any number of teeth for a lifetime. Our implants are made of titanium with is fused to your jawbone to anchor a permanent restoration or denture.
Our dental implants not only restore your chewing ability, but they also preserve your jawbone and can make you look 10 years younger! After tooth loss, your jawbone recedes because it loses its “job” of supporting tooth roots. This usually happens within the first 18 months. As your jawbone begins to shrink, your nose and chin grow closer together. Dentures supported by dental implants can help you maintain the natural height between your chin and nose – which reduces wrinkles and gives you a more youthful, healthy appearance.
And, because implants are held within the jawbone just like real teeth, they are extremely stable and secure. This means patients are able to eat whatever they like, including foods that are typically considered “off limits” for denture wearers, like grilled meats and fibrous vegetables.
Implants are incredibly durable as well. On average, a patient can trust an implant to last for 30 years or more, which is multiple times longer than your typical bridge or denture.
With dental implants, we can replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, and even an entire row. Once the new roots have been placed into the jawbone, they can be paired with a variety of restorations to complete a patient’s smile.
Restoring a single tooth with an implant is relatively simple. An implant root is placed between two healthy teeth, and this is topped with a brand new porcelain crown. Unlike with a bridge, the neighboring teeth won’t have to be altered at all to make room for the prosthetic.
Bridges and partial dentures have been used to replace multiple teeth at the same time for generations, and now, these prosthetics can be attached to the jawbone using a small number of implants, making them even more stable and reliable.
Rather than just sitting on top of the gums, implant dentures are anchored to the jawbone using just four to six titanium posts. This allows for a stronger bite and creates a better fit, plus the denture itself will take up less room in the mouth, making it easier for a patient to speak clearly and taste food.
Dr. Kapers places implants using a simple, two-step process. During your first visit, he will position the implant and abutment (connector) within your jawbone, and then a temporary restoration will be attached on top. You’ll wear your temporary restoration until your permanent crown or denture is created, which will be placed at a second visit. Our permanent restorations are extremely lifelike and feel natural inside the mouth. Because Dr. Kapers is able to handle this entire process himself, he’s able to save our patients a tremendous amount of time, money, and stress since they don’t have to visit an unfamiliar specialist (which most other practices will force you to do).
Every dental implant treatment we provide is completely unique based on a patient’s specific situation. How many implants are needed, what kind of restoration is used, and many other factors can affect the overall price (like if a patient wants sedation during the procedure). It’s true that implants tend to cost more upfront compared to regular bridges and dentures, but they also last multiple times longer. By comparison, most implant patients actually end up saving thousands over time because they don’t have to replace their new teeth as often, if ever.
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