Dental implants have become a choice treatment option for many patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a replacement tooth “root” constructed of medical grade titanium. Dental implants are extremely stable, strong and natural looking.
What can dental implants do?
- Dental implants can replace one or more teeth.
- Dental implants can be used as support for a bridge.
- Dental implants can secure loose dentures.
What are some advantages of dental implants?
Save Your Teeth Dr. LaMarche emphasizes minimally invasive dentistry that works to maintain precious natural tooth structure. Dental implants, unlike bridgework, don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Feel Confident Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of partial dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced partial dentures and messy pastes and glues.
Reliability The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
A dental implant is nothing more than a metal screw that is placed into the jawbone. It acts as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. When a dental implant restoration is perfectly constructed, neither the patient nor anyone else should have any hint that an implant is there.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
How do I get started?
Your dental implant treatment will start with a thorough examination by Dr. Lamarche, in order to assess the perfect implant or dental solution for you needs. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Dr. LaMarche works closely with the top implant placement experts creating the ideal team for your implant treatment by using guided implant surgery. You, Dr. LaMarche and our specialist will work closely together to map out your treatment plan. With special knowledge and training, your dental implant team will give you the teeth that look and feel just like your own.
What is Guided Implant Surgery?
Guided implant surgery is when the dentist utilizes advanced machinery and imaging technology to “guide” or aid them to manufacture and place dental implants more efficiently, precisely and accurately.
This new and improved dental implant surgery allows Dr. LaMarche to have a more complete picture of the patient’s mouth and accurately produce the most appropriate dental implants. The technology commonly used in computer-guided dental implant surgery include: 3D imaging (CT scan), dental implants, dental models of the patients mouth and CAD and CAM computer imaging software. The general process of guided implant surgery is as follows: A CT scan and impression is taken of the patient’s mouth, then this is sent to our implant placement expert who uploads this and Dr. LaMarche is able to virtually plan the implant surgery via CAD digital design software. Once the implant is planned on the software a precise surgical guide is manufactured. This guide allows us to place the implant within 0.5 mm of where the implant was planned.
Advantages of Guided Implant Surgery
Guided implant surgery uses CT data to examine and pre-plan the surgery, and since precision execution can be done, guided implant surgery provides the following benefits.
- Accurate, safe, and predictable surgery.
- Shorter operation time.
- Shorter healing time with flapless surgery.
- Smaller incisions with less bleeding and pain.
- Bone graft can be minimized.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, we will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. Dr. LaMarche is available to answer all your questions.
People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants may provide a simple remedy with proven results. Count on Dr. LaMarche to help you understand your dental implant options.
Replacing a Single Tooth
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Replacing Several Teeth
If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots. Implant-supported bridges have a primary advantage over traditional bridges; when an implant is placed the bone is stimulated and preserved. With a bridge, most patients experience bone atrophy. Dental implants have enhanced longevity and are more functional and pleasing than bridges and crowns.
Tooth loss may occur from the following:
- Tooth decay
- Root canal failure
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
- Trauma to the mouth
- Excessive wear and tear
How Long Will Dental
With advances in the science of implant dentistry, you can now expect that most implants will function as long as they are properly maintained such that the surround bone and gums remains healthy. However, like any dental restoration, the teeth may wear or break and need to be repaired or replaced. After you have been examined 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. Forum Dental Group will work with you and any other care providers to ensure you are always well informed regarding costs and what if any, insurance benefits you may have.
If you have dental insurance, we will contact the insurance company before you start treatment to find out whether or how much of the treatment might be covered. Insurance policies vary in their coverage of elective procedures such as implants. It is important that, before you agree to proceed, you fully understand how much your insurance company will pay and what your responsibility will be.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FACT SHEET:
- Are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised.
- Help preserve the jawbone to prevent the appearance of premature aging.
- Look and function like natural teeth.
- Are placed/restored in the doctor’s office with minimal discomfort.
- Improve comfort, appearance, speech.
- Have a 98% success rate.
- Allow you to eat the foods you love and talk, smile and laugh with confidence
- Represent a conservative treatment option—adjacent teeth are left untouched.
- Never develop decay.
- Never require root canals.
- Can provide great stability for a lower denture.
- Can completely eliminate the need for a denture.
- Can help people of any age
- Give patients a third set of teeth that are natural looking and very long-lasting.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I missing one or more of my natural teeth?
- Do I have a complete or partial denture that is no longer completely comfortable?
- Have I ever been embarrassed by a denture, bridge or missing tooth?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, call us today at (425) 357-1818 to schedule an evaluation appointment. We would be pleased to evaluate your oral health and discuss treatment options with you.