Traditional tooth replacements like bridges and dentures only replace the crown or the visible part of the tooth, leaving the missing tooth root…well, missing. The tooth root is an essential component of a healthy jawbone and a functional smile–and, left absent, it can cause the underlying bone to deteriorate or atrophy. That’s why you see that sunken-in facial appearance in some folks who are dealing with missing teeth.
Once bone loss starts, it can be hard to stop and make it more difficult to replace teeth later. A shrinking jawbone can also cause problems for your alignment and bite, leading to TMJ, tension headaches, and migraines. Dental implants are the longest-lasting solution to prevent all of this, which is why they’ve become the most popular choice for missing tooth replacement.
Dental implants are small posts or screws surgically inserted into the gums where teeth have gone missing. Implants are typically made from strong, durable titanium. Over the next few months after insertion, the implant post actually becomes fused with the jawbone, regenerating new bone and tissue growth around the implant and restoring a healthy base for a new tooth or teeth. Once healed, the implant acts as a sturdy anchor for a new crown, bridge, or a full set of teeth attached to multiple implants. There are many options available to suit your individual needs.
If you’re missing all of your teeth or living with ill-fitting dentures, we would love to help you with the most recommended full tooth replacement solution — Teeth-In-a-Day. Teeth-In-a-Day is a complete implant system that uses the minimum number of implants (four) to support the maximum number of teeth (a full arch). You wouldn’t expect this comprehensive solution to be the one that takes the least amount of time, but with Teeth-In-a-Day you can enjoy the best of both worlds—optimal health and optimal convenience.
“I thought dental implants required months of healing time before you could place the teeth?”
With traditional dental implants, that is the case. But with Teeth-in-a-Day, the back implants are placed at such an angle that the implants can be fixed to a set of “healing teeth” the very same day. The implants and the full arch stabilize each other to ensure the implants heal properly and the teeth stay in place. With Teeth-in-a-Day, you can have all your implants placed and walk away with a beautiful, functional smile on the very same day!
At Pleasant Valley Dental, we’re proud to be able to provide surgical dental implant placement from the comfort of your dental home. There’s no need to drive across town and see multiple different doctors for your implant treatment—we can take great care of you all in one convenient location.
With the help of our 3D imaging technology, we’re able to create digital models of your teeth and jawbones so we can map out your precise treatment plan for implant placement.
If you’re an anxious or fearful patient worried about spending time in the dental chair, we have sedation options available so you can sit back and relax and you’ll be all done before you can say “aah!”
If you’re wondering if implants are affordable for you, we would love to sit down with you and come up with a payment plan so you can get the care you deserve.
If you have any questions about dental implants or Teeth-in-a-Day, we would love to speak with you. Contact your Vernon dentists, Dr. Bicknell, Dr. Denk, and Dr. Montian, at Pleasant Valley Dental today!