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Dental Implants


Posted on 7/4/2017 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Missing teeth have a huge impact on your life, affecting everything from how you eat and speak, to the appearance of your smile. It even impacts the health of your jawbone, causing the bone to become weak as it loses mass. Traditional treatments for missing teeth, such as fixed bridges and dentures, restore the functions of your teeth and the appearance of your smile, but these options also have many significant disadvantages. At Karl Zeren DDS, we offer a modern alternative to bridges and dentures with dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are an alternative to bridges and dentures. Modern implants are the result of an accidental discovery made in the 1950s. They were first successfully implanted in 1965. Over time, they have undergone numerous developments and improvements, making them the popular, highly effective treatment that they are today. Implants consist of three components.
•  Posts. The posts are the part of the implant that is surgically placed into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. Once fully healed, they become stable roots that hold your replacement teeth securely in place.
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•  Abutments. The abutments are small connectors that are attached to the exposed ends of the posts. These pieces provide stability for your replacement teeth.
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•  Crowns. The crowns are your replacement teeth. This material mimics many of the properties of your natural teeth, including their color and how they reflect light.

Versatility for a Variety of Needs


Dental implants can be used to meet some different tooth replacement needs. Whether you are missing a single tooth or many, there is most likely an implant option for you.
•  Single tooth. As the name suggests, this treatment is used to replace one tooth. A single post is used to support a single crown.
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•  Multiple teeth. Commonly called an implant supported bridge, this treatment uses one or more posts to support two or more replacement teeth.
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•  Full arch replacement. Also called an implant supported denture, this treatment uses 6 to 8 posts to support a full arch of replacement teeth.
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•  All on 4. If your jaw is too weak to support 6 to 8 posts, the All on four treatment uses just four posts, which are placed in your jaw to maximize contact with the bone you do have. This helps you to avoid the need for a bone graft.

The Dental Implant Process


Before getting implants, we first need to determine if you are a candidate. We assess your oral health, the condition of your jawbone, and your health history. Dental implants require a surgical procedure, which is done under local anesthetic and sedation. Incisions are first made in the gums, followed by drilling small holes into the bone. The posts are placed, and your gums are stitched closed around them. Healing can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Once you have fully healed, then we take impressions and create your final restorations.

Enjoy the Benefits


In addition to restoring the basic functions of your missing teeth, dental implants offer several other significant benefits.
•  The crowns look and feel just like your real teeth.
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•  Because your teeth are supported by the posts, rather than your gums, they are more comfortable.
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•  Your teeth are held securely in place and will not move around.
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•  They are easy to care for.
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•  The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. This stops and prevents bone loss, helping you to maintain the health and integrity of your jaw.

For more information about dental implants, and to find out if this unique treatment is the best option for your needs, call Karl Zeren DDS today at (410) 316-6141.

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