Dental Implants

why replace missing teeth?

Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition to these serious issues, tooth loss also causes bone loss.

tooth loss causes bone loss

When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it shrinks from lack of stimulation. Not only does losing teeth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged.

bone loss ages your face

why choose dental implants?

Crowns, bridges and dentures address the short-term cosmetic problem of missing teeth but do nothing to stop bone loss. Crown & bridge dentistry requires grinding down healthy teeth leaving them at much greater risk for cavities and tooth failure. Bridges do not stop bone loss. Dentures become uncomfortable and unstable over time as the jawbone shrinks causing eating and speech problems.

With dental implants, healthy teeth are not compromised. Dental implants, like natural teeth, stimulate the jaw and stop bone loss. Leading dental organizations recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement.

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what are dental implants?

Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They bond with healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and dentures. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.

Untreated missing teeth

- unattractive smile.

- loss of chewing ability.

- accelerated bone loss.

Traditional crown & bridge

- grinds down healthy teeth.

- bone loss continues.

- greater risk for cavities and tooth failure

Dental implant with a crown

- full chewing ability.

- preserve healthy teeth.

- stop bone loss.

single tooth replacement

A missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant without altering the healthy adjacent teeth. Once the implant is placed, a post (or abutment) is attached providing support for your final crown.
 
single teeth missing
Single tooth missing
single implant
The implant is placed in the bone beneath the gum
single implant crown
Abutment and final crown are custom made to match your existing teeth

multiple teeth replacement

If you are missing more than one tooth, dental implants may be your best treatment option. Multiple implants are placed with individual crowns or a multi-unit bridge to rejuvenate your smile..
 
multiple teeth missing
Missing multiple teeth.
multiple implants
Implants are placed in the bone beneath the gum.
multiple implants crown
Abutments and final crowns are custom made to match your existing teeth.

fixed implant-supported denture

If all your upper or lower teeth are missing, a custom-made denture may be permanently secured using implants. The number of implants will vary for each patient. Your new teeth are firmly supported by the implants, stimulating the jaw and halting bone loss. Your dentist can remove the denture when needed for maintenance and cleaning.
 
all teeth missing
Missing all lower teeth.
implant supported denture
Implants are placed.
implant supported denture teeth
a custom-made denture is secured to the implants.

removable implant-supported denture

If all upper or lower teeth are missing, multiple implants may be used to support a new removable denture that will attach securely to a custom-made bar. Your new teeth are firmly supported by the implants, stimulating the jaw and halting bone loss. Your new denture can be removed daily for cleaning.
 
all teeth missing
Missing all lower teeth.
implant supported denture
Implants are placed.
implant removable denture teeth
a custom-made bar is placed to secure a removable denture.
 
implant-stabilized denture
 
If all your lower teeth are missing, another option may be to stabilize your removable denture using a small number of implants. This can sometimes be a cost-effective solution. After healing, abutment posts are attached to the implants. Your current denture can sometimes be modified, or a new denture can be created. Your denture is snapped into place and can be removed daily for cleaning.
 
all teeth missing
Missing all lower teeth.
implant stabilized denture
Two or more implants are placed.
implant stabilized denture teeth
Denture is stabilized on implant posts.
 

what to expect

treatment planning

Your dentist will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine the optimal implant position. Occasionally, a bone or gum tissue graft will be necessary to create adequate space for the implants.

implant placement

Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before an abutment and crown are attached. In most cases, you can receive some type of temporary teeth the same day the implant is placed.

crown placement

Your final crown will be placed once the implant has bonded, restoring your natural smile.

are you a candidate?
Dental implants can be placed in most adults. Adolescents may be eligible once their facial structure has matured. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease implant treatment effectiveness, so first discuss your full medical history with your dental implant specialist. Patient results may vary. Only a trained clinician can determine the best treatment plan. Please ask your dentist to explain the benefits and risks to see if dental implants are right for you.

implants & insurance

The value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options. Insurance policies vary but most cover a portion of the restorative procedure. Financing options are often available with competitive interest rates, and payments can be tailored to your budget. Contact your dentist or dental implant specialist for more information about BioHorizons implants.