At Southtowns Dental, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about traditional and mini dental implants. These implants look and function as if they’re your original teeth, and prevent bone loss commonly associated with missing teeth. Because your jaw is an integral part of your face structure, preserving its original shape will keep your appearance youthful. If the jaw recedes, the skin around your mouth will sag and appear shrunken.
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Use Cases for Dental Implants
Single tooth replacements
These replacements use a single implant as a standalone unit to replace a single tooth’s root. A single implant does not involve any treatment to the surrounding teeth.
Replacing multiple teeth
This is done by using what is known as a bridge. A dental implant bridge can replace multiple teeth by using only two implants.
If you’re missing or losing many teeth, a hybrid denture is your best solution. It’s made with a combination of denture and bridge materials to replace all your missing teeth in one prosthesis. It’s commonly supported by four implants for the lower teeth and six implants for the upper teeth.
What are Dental Implants
Dental implants are the foundation of crowns, bridges, and dentures that we use to replace missing teeth. An implant is a metal cylinder made of titanium with convenient screw threads. It functions as an artificial tooth root to support a new tooth, bridge, or denture. Implants are inserted into the jaw with a relatively pain-free procedure that our skilled dental professionals have performed countless times.
After the implants are placed, they will be left undisturbed for a period of several months while the surrounding bone and soft tissues grow around the implant, essentially making it as good as a permanent, natural tooth root. Following the healing phase, we enter into the restoration phase where your new tooth will be attached to the implant.
Traditional versus Mini Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are tooth-root replacements placed into and fused with the jawbone. The implant simulates the root of a pre-existing tooth and will look, feel, and function like your natural tooth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants don’t move or shift, and they can last a lifetime. Traditional implants can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or all of the teeth in your mouth.
These implants have also proven to be reliable, with a 95% or higher success rate, supported by decades of clinical experience and hundreds of thousands of satisfied patients. Though age is not a determinant for dental implants, the amount of bone in your jaw and your overall health can be a deciding factor. Regardless of where you think you stand, our staff will work with you to see if you’re eligible for this life-changing procedure.
Mini dental implants are commonly used to secure dentures and eliminate sore spots. They’re also a quick, cost-effective way to keep your dentures from slipping or falling out. This greatly improves your speaking and eating ability, allowing you to live a healthier, happier life. Mini dental implants are placed in one visit at our Buffalo office and do not require surgery.
Southtowns Dental is a three-generation, family-oriented practice. With more than 30 years of experience, we’ve seen thousands of patients, and we offer all the benefits of a large dental office, with a family feel included. Because we have five dentists at one location, we have the unique ability to perform all types of modern dentistry under one roof, at the highest level of care.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Bill D’Angelo Answers Some Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants.