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Dental Implants

Nobel Biocare ImplantsWe are pleased to offer Nobel Biocare dental implants. Nobel Biocare is the world leader in innovative restorative and aesthetic dental solutions, providing dental professionals with state of the art evidence-based root-to-tooth solutions, including dental implants, all-ceramic crowns, bridges and laminates, guided surgery planning, scanners and biomaterials.

Replacing a Missing Tooth

Single Tooth Dental ImplantsA natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.

Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth, or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down. The entire space would then be replaced with a three-crown bridge.

Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, a dental post (dental implant) is inserted into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This post becomes solidly fixed in your jaw like a natural tooth root. Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.

Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.

Replacing Several Missing Teeth

multiple dental implantsTraditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial or full denture.

Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. During the day, they can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.

Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. With dental implants, these restorations are anchored firmly into the jawbone becoming much more like natural teeth.

Implant Supported Denture

Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.

results of bone loss on denture patient
Example of a patient with dentures and resulting facial atrophy.

The "All-on-4™ Treatment Concept"

All-On-4 WorkflowAll-on-4™ The Modern Solution for all missing teeth.

If you have lost all your teeth, unsecured, traditional dentures are a solution which in many cases has limited success. At times painful, inconvenient and instable, such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, which could stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. However, modern dentistry has solutions to suit a variety of needs. The All-on-4™ treatment options is on such solutions.

The All-on-4™ treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. With less implants needed, overall treatment time is reduced. The unique All-on-4™ solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume.

Typically, Doctor Martha Sanger can place temporary provisional teeth on the same day after treatment. These provisional teeth look and feel much like natural teeth, and you can lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a few weeks healing time, Doctor Sanger will place your final bridge. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again.

Click here for more details about the "All-on-4™ Treatment Concept."


The Success Rate of Dental Implants

After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene the percentage is closer to 98%.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

The pain involved with having a dental implant placed is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants become fixed into the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have remained in patients’ mouths for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.

Bone Regeneration

A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, “Is there enough bone to support the implant?” Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques available at our office now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation which will determine if you are a good candidate for this for this procedure.

If you are interested in more information about dental implants, please call us at 661-369-7154 Monday thru Thursday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. or email: sangerdds@yahoo.com to arrange a screening and diagnosis.

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