How Can Dental Implants Restore My Smile?

Dental Implants

The loss of even one tooth can lead to further oral health problems and self-esteem problems. A missing tooth is unattractive, and it can cause bone atrophy and the shifting of nearby teeth. Traditional restorations can solve some of these problems, but only dental implants can truly restore natural oral function and the look and feel of natural teeth.

If you are looking for a superior replacement to unstable dentures or a worn bridge, Dr. Payam Asadi can have you fitted with a durable and stable implant-retained prosthetic. The treatment timeline for an implant-supported restoration can last several months, but the results can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Imagine: no more adjustments to your prosthetic, no more embarrassing denture slipping, and no more embarrassment when eating in public. Read on to learn how dental implants can deliver unparalleled cosmetic results and restorative benefits.

What are my dental implant options?

Just as no two patients are the same, no two dental implant treatment plans will be the same. Some of our patients come with old prosthetics that they are dissatisfied with. Other candidates for dental implants are about to undergo multiple tooth extractions.

Our office removes teeth with the patient’s comfort in mind. We offer multiple forms of sedation dentistry that place patients in a dream-like state throughout the procedure. All forms of oral surgery are performed using local anesthesia that completely numbs the treatment area.

One benefit of undergoing dental implant placement soon after tooth loss is that dental implants prevent bone atrophy. The titanium posts stimulate jawbone growth and regeneration to ensure that your facial features remain full and youthful.

Some patients may already have dental implants placed but require the addition of further implants. Dr. Asadi can work with your existing implants while adding additional implants that can restore multiple teeth or an entire dental arch.

The first step in the dental implant treatment process begins with a consultation and exam where Dr. Asadi will listen to your personal goals. Following that initial meeting, Dr. Asadi may recommend one of the following treatment options.

Dental Crown and Implant Combination

If you are missing one tooth, an implant can be surgically placed in your jaw to replace your lost tooth root. Once your implant heals, a custom crown will be fabricated that matches your neighboring tooth.

Crowns can be fabricated from several materials. Porcelain is a popular option because the ceramic material matches the color and luster of enamel. Porcelain even exhibits wear patters that mimic enamel. Dr. Asadi will ensure that your final restoration is cosmetically pleasing as well as functional.

Patients have an alternative treatment option with a dental bridge. A traditional bridge is supported on either side by abutment teeth. In order to have a dental bridge placed, the abutment teeth must be shaved down so two crowns can be placed over them. This loss of tooth structure is irreversible. A traditional bridge also places additional pressure on the natural teeth, which can lead to stress and even damage to those teeth.

A dental crown and implant combination spares your remaining natural teeth from needing to be altered. Patients may be candidates for multiple dental crown/implant combinations. If you require multiple teeth replacement, you may be a better candidate for one of the implant options listed below.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a versatile prosthetic that spans the gap between teeth. An implant-retained bridge is a great option is you are missing more than one tooth but not an entire dental arch. Special aesthetic considerations will be made if you are missing teeth in the “smile zone.”

Tooth loss of anterior teeth can be a source of embarrassment. There is good news for people who are seeking a dental bridge to replace their front teeth. The front teeth generally do not have to carry the weight load that molars do, meaning that there are cosmetically pleasing options to restore these teeth.

Porcelain offers many lifelike qualities and features. The material can be color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth. The restorations are milled using an advanced machine that can fabricate the contours and features of natural teeth. Once your restoration is fitted, no one will be able to tell that you had restorative work done. The results are truly that lifelike.

An implant-supported dental bridge can spare your teeth from having to support the prosthetic. A traditional dental bridge requires periodic adjustments, and there is no guarantee that the natural teeth that support the bridge will be able to support it forever. Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime.

After 10 or more years, if your bridge does need to be replaced, that process will be straightforward. A traditional bridge often has to be broken to be removed. Restoring an implant-retained dental bridge is a much simpler process that can be completed in the comfort of our dental practice.

Implant-Retained Denture

There are many benefits to having an implant-retained denture placed. Removable dentures are notorious for not offering a stable platform for eating and speaking. These problems can quickly become quality of life issues. Many people who use removable dentures have to forgo eating their favorite foods (caramel, steak, candies) for fear of dislodging their dentures.

Both partial and full dentures can be supported by dental implants. Our office is proud to offer patients the possibility of undergoing the All-on-4® procedure that can result in full-arch restoration through the placement of only four dental implants.

The minimally invasive method places implants that hold fixed, non-removable false teeth. The advanced treatment option allows patients to forgo multiple surgeries. The treatment can typically be completed through one appointment.

Patients who are missing most of their teeth can benefit from having their few remaining teeth extracted, especially if those teeth have suffered from decay. For some patients, this may provide the ideal platform for regaining natural oral function through the placement of an implant-retained prosthetic.

Benefits of Dental Implants

The success rate of implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98 percent. One way to ensure that you have a very low risk of complications is to work with an experienced and esteemed doctor like Dr. Asadi. Benefits of dental implants include:

  • A lifetime solution to tooth loss

  • Superior stability

  • Prevention of bone atrophy

  • Improved clarity of speech

  • Improved oral comfort

  • Very low risk of complications

  • Improved self-confidence

  • A customizable treatment

Patients can help maintain their implants through good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to our office. While the titanium posts are incredibly strong, the supportive bone and soft tissue that surround the implant must be kept in good health.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Treatment Today

Dental implants offer life-changing benefits. If you are looking for a long-term solution to missing teeth, Dr. Asadi can customize a treatment plan that restores form and function to your smile using advanced dental implants. Call (520) 353-3002 to schedule your consultation or you can reach us online.

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