Dental Implants

Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment option for replacing lost teeth. This tooth replacement solution effectively increases oral function with durable, long lasting prosthetics. Implant dentistry approaches tooth loss, unlike other methods. If you have experienced tooth loss, we invite you to schedule a dental implant consultation at Ryerson & Associates.

An Overview of Dental Implants

Dental implants are prosthetics made to replace the roots of missing teeth. Conventional tooth replacement methods such as bridges and dentures only address the loss of biting surfaces of teeth. These prosthetics lay on the gums and depending on the type of prosthetic, it might attach with clasps or by anchoring to other teeth.

With dental implants as a tooth replacement method, the implant is first loaded into the jaw through a surgical procedure. After this phase of treatment, patients will come back to our practice on a regular basis to check on the dental implant’s stabilization. Implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible metal. This means that over time, the bone surrounding the dental implant will fuse around it – holding it in place for decades. Once the bone stabilizes the implant, a permanent restoration is attached to complete the smile restoration process. When it comes to restorations attached to a single implant, the most common are crowns and bridges, both of which can be made from a variety of materials including lifelike porcelain.

Advantages of Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are unique, and because of that uniqueness they offer, this tooth replacement method presents advantages that other prosthetics cannot. One of the best advantages of dental implants is the fact that these prosthetic serve as sturdy bases for durable restorations. This translates to increased oral function. Prosthetic teeth will not move or budge, even when one is eating foods that requiring tearing and lots of chewing. Another benefit to implant dentistry is the fact that these prosthetics will look and function very much like biological teeth. When it comes to choosing the material for one’s restoration, porcelain and porcelain fused to metal make for beautiful replacement teeth.

Lastly, dental implants provide support for other oral structures including biological teeth and the jawbone. Implants help adjacent natural teeth stay upright while also stimulating the jawbone. Bone atrophy commonly accompanies tooth loss because the roots of teeth are no longer present to keep bone active.

The Effects of Tooth Loss

The effects of tooth loss are far-reaching. This is why patients should act quickly to replace missing teeth. Tooth loss can lead to bone atrophy and more lost teeth. Moreover, without sturdy replacement teeth, a person cannot eat with ease. Some patients have such difficulty eating that their limited diets lead to malnutrition.

If you have suffered from tooth loss, we recommend that you schedule a dental implant consultation with our team at Ryerson & Associates. At your appointment, we will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, discuss your needs, and answer your questions.

Dental Implants FAQs

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium component used to replace the root structure of teeth. It is a small, screw-like prosthetic with a tapered end, which is surgically placed in the jawbone. The other end of a dental implant is wider and features an abutment, which is used to hold prosthetics like bridges or restorations like crowns.

Dental implants have become the go-to tooth replacement method due to the fact that they are the most lifelike prosthetic available. Since implant are made from titanium (a biocompatible metal), the body will not reject the implant as if it were a foreign object. Instead, bone will fuse around the implant, holding it in place for decades to come. A dental implant and its restoration can beautifully fill in the gaps of an incomplete smile, restore oral function, and protect surrounding oral tissue.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

In most cases, candidates for dental implants are those who are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery, those who are committed to taking care of their oral health, and those who have healthy gum tissue free of periodontal disease. Another important factor in determining candidacy for implant dentistry is whether a patient’s bone is healthy enough to support a dental implant. As with the roots of teeth, bone is the stabilizing and supportive structure necessary to hold prosthetics beneath the gums. Some patients with sparse bone might be candidates for dental implants after receiving a bone graft.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

Dental implants are quite versatile because they can securely hold prosthetics and restorations. An implant holding a dental crown can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Those with more substantial tooth loss might require a combination of prosthetics and restorations attached to multiple dental implants. Edentulous patients also have the option of securing custom made dentures to strategically embedded implants.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary from person to person. Factors that can affect treatment costs include preliminary treatments like grafting procedures and tooth extractions, the type of materials chosen for restorations, and whether a person has dental insurance that offers some coverage for implant dentistry. Since everyone’s situation is unique, it is best to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our dentist so that we can give estimates based on our doctor’s treatment recommendations. As a courtesy to our patients, our front desk personnel will file your insurance claims on your behalf.

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