Dental implants are a modern alternative for permanently replacing teeth without dentures.
Dentures and bridges used to be the only way to replace missing teeth. Many people find dental implants to be a more comfortable and convenient alternative. An implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of a natural tooth. It is attached to a porcelain crown which replaces the visible part of the tooth. Once inserted, an implant is just as strong and functional as the natural tooth it replaced.
Implants are a good solution for active adults who need one, several, or even all their teeth replaced. If you have ever had problems eating or talking with dentures, ask Dr. Sligh if you are a good candidate for Dental Implants.
What is an Implant?
Dental implants, which have a 98% success rate, are made of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone. A dental implant is composed of three parts:
- the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone
- the abutment, which fits over the top of the implant
- the crown which is fitted onto the abutment and looks like your natural teeth
Implant-retained teeth never slip, make embarrassing noises or decay. Once dental implants are integrated with the bone, they look identical to your natural teeth and perform the same role: allowing you to chew, smile and laugh freely.
While dental implants have been traditionally viewed as an invasive procedure, Dr. Sligh uses OsteoReady™ implants, which can be placed in minutes and have very little to no post-operative pain.
Types of Implant Procedures
Single Tooth Replacement
If you are missing a single tooth, you can have one implant placed with a crown. Dr. Sligh will place an implant in the site of the missing tooth, followed by an abutment and the crown. Your smile will be restored back to its natural form and function.
Dr. Sligh has been trained to use the latest, minimally-invasive implant techniques to place your dental implant. These techniques allow for little to no pain and a much quicker recovery time.
Fixed Partial Denture
If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you can still enjoy the confidence and benefits of dental implants.
Dr. Sligh will place two or more implants, depending on the number of missing teeth. Your replacement teeth will be attached to the implants to allow excellent function and prevent bone loss. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss.
A full-fixed denture is used to replace teeth in a full-arch where all the teeth are missing. The completed denture connects to your dental implants, providing you with excellent stability and retention of your new teeth. A full-fixed denture eliminates the worry of slippage or unseemly noises.