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Dental Implants
Why Dental Implants? Dental implants have enhanced the quality of life for thousands of people throughout the world, improving overall health and well being and restoring the confidence that comes from a natural smile and appearance. This “state-of-the-art” dental technology makes it possible to restore the mouth as closely as possible to its natural state and eliminate the need to cut down adjacent teeth for bridgework.

Dental implants are basically substitute tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing.

Carson Valley Oral SurgeryThe reason it is so important to replace the tooth root and not just the visible part of the tooth (crown) is that natural tooth roots, which are embedded in the bone, preserve the bone. When teeth are missing, the bone that previously supported those teeth melts away or deteriorates. This process is called bone resorption.

However, the bone can be preserved by replacing missing tooth roots with dental implants. Since the bone actually forms a strong bond to the implants, they can serve virtually the same functions as natural tooth roots: a strong foundation for biting and chewing and stimulation for the bone to preserve facial structures. Our website provides the answers to questions that our patients typically ask about dental implant treatment. For more comprehensive information please visit
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With implant-supported replacement teeth, the appearance of the smile is more natural and the teeth function more like natural teeth. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. If dentures and partials are replaced with implant-supported teeth, the overall enhancement in quality of life is even more significant, with an ability to eat all types of foods, elimination of messy adhesives, and improved speech, comfort and appearance.

Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. By preventing the bone resorption (deterioration) that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact. This is particularly important when all of the teeth are missing, as the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.
The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, including the root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. In addition, nothing in the mouth looks or feels artificial.

Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth. Even when only one tooth is missing, long-term esthetics are usually much better with an implant-supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth- supported bridge. This is particularly important in the front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect is critical for a natural appearance.

Adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth. Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on them as the partial rocks back and forth. Eventually these teeth can loosen and come out as a result of this pressure. Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are not compromised or damaged.

Convenient oral hygiene. It is much easier to care for an implant-supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison, a tooth- supported bridge requires the use of a floss threader for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean implant supported replacement teeth than a denture, which often needs to soak in cleaning solution overnight.

Improved appearance. Since dental implants preserve bone and prevent deterioration of the facial structures, appearance is improved. Collapse of the lower one-third of the face caused by complete tooth loss can be visually corrected and the remaining bone preserved. The appearance of wrinkles around the mouth caused by posterior bite collapse or complete facial structure collapse is virtually eliminated.

Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence. Many people who now enjoy the benefits of implant supported replacement teeth state that their self esteem and self confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort, and health.
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