Dental Implants Eugene, OR
Losing your teeth is a serious event that causes several different issues. One of the most obvious impacts of missing teeth is the deterioration of your smile. Empty spaces between your teeth can significantly affect the quality of your smile, as well as your confidence. Eating becomes more challenging, and you may soon find that you can no longer enjoy your favorite foods. Additionally, with difficulty chewing, you cannot effectively break down what you eat, which can then affect your digestion. Your speech also suffers. Without teeth, you can develop a lisp or have trouble speaking properly. Along with these more obvious effects of tooth loss, missing teeth also affect the health of your jawbone. At College Hill Dental, we can restore the functions of your teeth, and your quality of life, with implants.
Tooth Loss and Bone Loss
Your teeth play an important role in maintaining the strength and integrity of your jawbone. The teeth stimulate the jawbone when you chew. This triggers the body to send essential nutrients to the jaw. When you lose teeth, the stimulation decreases, leading to a decrease in the number of nutrients sent. The jawbone gradually begins to grow weak. It then begins to change shape, which can cause healthy teeth to shift out of alignment, leading to other serious issues.
What are Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment designed to replace missing teeth. They are a revolutionary alternative to dentures and bridges, using small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal from surgery, the bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing the implants in your jaw. The posts are then used to support ceramic crowns, which are used to replace the visible portions of your missing teeth.
Types of Implants
There are several types of implants available, providing a solution for some different situations.
|•||Single tooth implants, which use one post and one crown to replace a single tooth.
|•||Multiple tooth implants, which are also called implant-supported bridges, are used to replace two or more consecutive missing teeth. One or more posts support two or more crowns.
|•||Full arch replacement. If you are missing a full arch of teeth, you may be eligible for an implant supported denture. This treatment uses 6 to 8 posts to support the replacement teeth. If your jaw is too weak to support these posts, you may then be eligible for the All-on-4 treatment. This treatment uses only four posts, which are strategically implanted into your jaw to maximize contact with your existing bone mass, to support your replacement teeth.|
Unlike traditional treatments, implants require surgery. This surgery is done under local anesthetic as well as sedation. Incisions are made in your gums, exposing the jawbone. Next, holes are drilled into the bone, and the titanium posts are inserted inside. Finally, your gums are stitched closed around the posts, leaving a small amount of each post exposed above the gum line. Temporary teeth are then placed to restore some function while you heal.
The amount of time it takes you to heal after implant surgery varies. Typically, it can take several weeks to several months. You are closely monitored during your recovery with several follow-ups. These visits allow us to make sure that your bone is fusing properly, and that there are no complications. Once you have fully healed, impressions of your mouth are taken to create your final crowns, which are screwed securely into place on the posts.
Benefits of Implants
Dental Implants offer several benefits, including:
|•||They function just like your natural teeth.
|•||They look and feel completely natural.
|•||Greater comfort than traditional treatments.
|•||Ease of care.
|•||Preservation of your jawbone.|
If you are missing teeth, dental implants can restore the functions of your teeth, the appearance of your smile, and your quality of life. Call College Hill Dental today to schedule your consultation and find out if implants are the right solution for you at (541) 485-0272.