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Implants

Dental implant therapy has dramatically helped many people who are missing some or all of their teeth.

Not all dentists are trained to do standard Dental Implants or mini implants, and many times it is possible that more than one dental specialist will be involved in the process to place the implant, and then the restoration (crown).

At Coeur d'Alene Dental Center, in most cases the entire implant process can be taken care of in our office. Dr. Thompson is specially trained and licensed to do both the implant surgery and placement of your restoration.

What is an implant?

An implant is an artificial object that replaces a missing body part. An implant is placed inside the body and acts almost like the missing body part. Two common examples of implants are a hip joint replacement and a shoulder joint replacement.

What is a dental implant?

When natural teeth are missing from the mouth, artificial substitutes to replace the root portion of the teeth are put into the bone and gums of the mouth. Replacement teeth are then fixed onto these new roots. Dental implants allow people who are missing teeth to be able to smile, speak, and chew well and comfortably.

What mouth conditions might require a Dental Implant?

If you are missing a tooth (or teeth), or even parts of your jaw, these could be replaced with dental implants. First, there are a few very important factors that must be considered. Experiments and practical experience have shown that implants work best when there is enough dense, healthy jaw-bone in the mouth that will support an implant.

Healthy, disease-free gum tissues are also necessary. The long-term success of a dental implant depends upon keeping the gums and bone around the implant healthy. People who have implants must keep them clean and should return regularly to their dentist for check-ups, because any problems that might threaten the health of the implant must be corrected as soon as possible.

Overdentures

One of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years has been the development and use of dental implants. Dental implants are medical devices that replace the root portion of missing natural teeth. If a permanent tooth has been lost due to accident, injury or disease, an implant is a popular and effective solution. Implants are effective in many situations to replace teeth or even help anchor removable dentures.

When used to support a removable denture, usually two to six implants are placed in the jaw. Often times the patients existing denture can be used with simple adjustments and then attached to the implants. This results in a very secure denture, improving the patient’s confidence in speaking, eating and wearing their denture.

Mini Implants

Having problems stabilizing and wearing your lower denture? Well we have a solution for you. More and more of our patients are choosing to secure their lower denture with mini implants.

Mini implants are smaller forms of our traditional sized implants which are usually used to replace missing teeth. Mini implants have an advantage for denture patients whom may have worn dentures for many years because of their small size, ease of placements and lower cost. A person who has worn dentures for many years has more than likely lost much of the boney support of their jaw and this results in a loose, ill fitting lower denture. Adding 4-6 mini implants can give the denture wearer the comfort, confidence and security they need to wear their lower denture proudly.

If you have a lower denture and would like more support, give us a call for a free consultation today.

Cost

After your dentist has examined you and before you make any decision on implant treatment, you must consider cost. Just like any complicated and time-consuming medical or dental procedure, implant treatment is moderately expensive. You should be aware of all the costs involved. If you are to be treated by a team of dentists, make sure that you receive cost estimates from each one involved. For example, if an oral surgeon will be placing the implants into your jaw and your personal dentist is going to make the restoration to replace the teeth, you should get estimates form both.

How long will dental implants last?

With advances in the science of implant dentistry, you can now expect that most implants will function indefinitely. However, like any dental restoration, the teeth may wear or break and need to be repaired or replaced.

Things to remember

Implants are a relatively new type of dental treatment. Today they appear to be a very successful answer to the problem of missing teeth. As with any type of medical care, there is no guarantee for 100% success for all patients. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea about how successful the implant system selected for you has been.

Successful implant treatment has dramatically improved the quality of life for many people. With proper planning and care, implants can be an excellent answer to the problems associated with missing natural teeth.



Bridge Versus an Implant

Bone Graft (Socket Preservation)

Single Implant (Posterior - Healing Cap)


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