Dental Implant Restorations in Westminster
When you lose teeth, it not only changes the way you look, but it can keep you from eating your favorite foods and smiling with confidence. While dentures and removable prothetics may help, many people today are seeking a more permanent, natural looking procedure to replace their missing teeth. Dental implants have become increasingly popular because they provide a strong, secure anchor for artificial replacement teeth. With dental implants, your new teeth will look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a bio-engineered titanium post which is placed into the bone where the missing tooth once was. It has an acid etched and sandblasted surface, which helps the bone adhere to the implant during the healing process. Approximately four to six months after the initial placement of the implant, it will be fully integrated and as sturdy as a natural tooth root. At this point, the implant is ready for restoration by placing a prosthetic crown permanently into the implant, thereby creating a fully functional replacement of the missing tooth.
A dental implant is extremely natural looking, durable, and has a success rate of over 95% for those patients that qualify. The cosmetic and functional superiority of this treatment has made dental implants one of the most sought after treatments for missing teeth. At J.B. Dental, Dr. Bancroft works with trusted oral surgeons and periodontists in the metro area to place the titanium portion of the implant. She then meticulously restores the esthetic portion after our patients have healed from the procedure.
Reasons to consider dental implants include:
- To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- To resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- To restore the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile
- To preserve gum tissue and bone density
- To restore normal chewing, speech, and improve digestion
- To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What Dental Implant Is Best For Me?
The specific type of dental implant surgery that will be best for you will depend on many factors, including the number and location of missing teeth, whether any tooth extraction is required, the condition of your jawbone, and your overall health. Dr. Bancroft will carefully assess your individual situation and recommend a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you, and will work with you to make and then fit your replacement teeth.
What Are Implant Retained Dentures?
Are you tired of a loose denture that doesn’t allow you to eat what you want? Ask Dr. Bancroft about a better alternative. An implant retained denture is a denture held in place using two or more dental implants. These dentures may be removable or fixed. Implant retained dentures eliminate the looseness of a dental prosthetic, and increase your chewing abilities by 60-90%. Implants work to reduce bone loss by holding the bone in place after a tooth is lost, thereby giving a more stable platform to keep your dentures in place.
A consultation with J.B. Dental to determine the best course of treatment for our patients is the first step. If an implant is deemed the best course of treatment, either placement of the implants at JB Dental or a referral for implant placement to an oral surgeon or periodontist will follow your comprehensive exam. After your dental implants have healed and are securely in place, the fixed or removable dentures are made and placed by Dr. Bancroft. Follow up visits will be necessary to clean your implants just like one would do for natural teeth, and to ensure that the dentures are performing optimally.
Your implant retained dentures will be durable, attractive and functionally superior to standard dentures. Call J.B. Dental today to schedule your initial exam!