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Dental Implants – Green Hills

New Teeth That Stay Secure

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After you lose a tooth, it’s only a matter of time before your jawbone starts to deteriorate due to the lack of stimulation from chewing. You can use traditional restorations like removeable dentures and dental bridges to eat and speak normally, but they won’t do anything to prevent bone loss. At Green Hills Dental Center, we can keep your smile healthy and strong by using dental implants. To find out if this restorative treatment option is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today.


Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Secure in Your Mouth: Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, so the prosthetics they support won’t slip.
  • Retain a Youthful Look: Bone loss in the jaw can create wrinkles around your lips and on your face. Implants will help you maintain a younger-looking facial structure.
  • Long-Lasting: When taken care of, dental implants can last for over three decades.
  • Eat Anything: Implants have chewing power nearly equal to natural teeth, so you won’t have to worry about diet restrictions as you would with traditional dentures.

Indications for Dental Implants

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“Lost teeth” can mean anything from a single gap in your smile to an entire arch missing. As long as there’s adequate bone structure available and the rest of your mouth is healthy, dental implants can support various restorations to replace any number of teeth.

 

 

Missing Single Tooth

One implant is enough to replace a single missing tooth. After surgery, you may have to wait a few months for the implant and the jawbone to join together in a process called osseointegration. Once that’s done, an abutment can be placed, and finally the crown that will serve as the replacement tooth will be attached.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing two or three teeth in a row, you might be able to replace them with a bridge retained by two implants. Normally dental bridges are supported by natural teeth. This requires the removal of enamel, which can weaken the teeth and increase the risk of decay. With implants, you won’t have to worry about these issues.

Missing All Teeth

Four to eight implants can be used to support a full denture. This allows you to avoid many of the disadvantages associated with traditional dentures (slipping, become ill-fitting due to bone loss, and so on). Implant-retained dentures can be removeable, but they can sometimes be permanently attached, meaning you’ll never have to worry about losing or dropping them.

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Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment

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Getting dental implants is a multi-staged process, and it’s important that every step be performed with maximum expertise and care. At Green Hills Dental Center, we’ll refer you to an expert with a high rate of success to place your dental implant in your jaw. Once that’s done, you’ll return to our practice so that we can provide a natural-looking restoration. We’ll make sure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish.


Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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There are many factors to consider when calculating the total cost of a dental implant procedure: the surgery itself, the number of implants and abutments required, the type of restoration used and so on. We can form an accurate estimate for you during your consultation. Remember, dental implants will last for decades and help you maintain good oral health; you can consider them a long-term investment in a great smile!

How Dental Implants Work

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When people first learn about dental implants, they are often confused just by how the process works. Dental implants may sound complicated if you’re learning about them for the first time, but the treatment is actually quite straightforward. Each dental implant is designed to replace the root structure of your tooth, which is incredibly important for ensuring a long-lasting bone. Once your restoration is placed on top, you’ll have a much better, long-term solution for your tooth loss than either dentures or dental bridges can provide. Keep reading to learn more about the process in more detail!

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