What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are a valuable alternative to an uncomfortable denture or a missing tooth. The implants themselves are small screws produced from titanium that serve a similar purpose to the roots of natural teeth. They are fused to the jawbone and support over dentures and dental bridges, helping them to perform like our natural teeth would. Once the implants are placed , you will be able to replace anything from one tooth to a whole mouth with ease.
Given the numerous benefits and aesthetic qualities Dental Implants offer, they have become the preferred method of tooth replacement today.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are widely regarded as the best treatment for loose dentures. Permanent dental implants are designed to make dentures much more secure and enable you to smile, eat and talk confidently. Dr. Mellas can assist you if you have been thinking about investing in implants. The implants act as a foundation for replacement teeth. They will not get cavities and are designed to last for the rest of your life. Implants can be used in conjunction with various dental procedures to improve our oral health. Once the implants are placed, you are much less likely to face problems with slippage and discomfort.
What are the steps for getting Dental Implants?
The initial step is to meet with Dr. Mellas for a free consultation. At this consultation, Dr. Mellas and you will determine your needs, assess your oral health, review your medical history, and discuss treatment options in order to create a customized treatment plan just for you. We will also discuss costs, financing options if necessary, and timing.
If you decide that Dental Implants are right for you and would like to proceed, next is a pre-procedure exam with Dr. Mellas. This exam involves an X-ray or a 3D scan and may include taking models of your teeth to determine the ideal treatment for your condition. Fortunately, we have this state of the art technology in our office. This exam can usually be completed in less than an hour. Once completed, you are ready to schedule to make over your smile with new teeth.
On the day of surgery, any teeth, if required, will be removed. Next the actual dental implants are placed in the jaw bone. Then replacement teeth are secured onto the implants. It’s important you know that you will leave the office with your teeth! This is why we can say “Teeth in a Day” or “Same Day Smile.”
Following your surgery, there is a recovery period where the implants will need to heal and fully integrate with your bone and tissue before Dr. Mellas can connect the permanent bridges or dentures. It will usually take between 3-6 months for the adjustment to be complete.
Who Typically Gets Dental Implants?
Those likely to benefit from Dental Implants include people who have been experiencing problems with conventional dentures or simply people who have lost as much as a single tooth. They make life easier for those that have been finding it difficult to chew and enjoy meals and can slow down the process of tissue and bone loss in the jaw. Dental Implants can even provide a more youthful appearance due to the way that they will give your facial structure a lift. Furthermore, they will help you to speak more clearly.
What are the specifics for Teeth in a Day Dental Implants?
Traditional approaches to restoring a full arch of teeth usually involved six or more dental implants, and as many as 18 months of treatment. This approach typically requires a patient often would be without any teeth or with ill-fitting temporary dentures for more than a year.
This is not true with Dr. Mellas. There are new and better techniques. You may have seen or investigated a few of the these new techniques which are promoted under such brand names as: “All-on-Four®”, “Teeth In A Day“, “Teeth in an Hour“, “Dental Implants in One Day“, “Teeth In One Day“, “Teeth In One Visit“, and many other one-day implant treatment offerings of a full arch of replacement teeth.
Dr. Mellas offers a wide range of dental implants solutions, including mini dental implants and the All-on-4 procedure.
What if I want to replace just a single tooth?
If you are missing just a single tooth, one implant and one crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. Replacing one tooth with an implant supported crown and preserving the integrity of all adjacent teeth, is superior to a traditional tooth-supported dental bridge.
If you are interested in dental implants, get in touch with us today to arrange a consultation. We will review in detail about your dental history, your requirements and concerns and explain all your treatment options to you so can come to an informed decision. Call today to find out more about our dental implant services.