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DENTAL IMPLANTS

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WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are a durable, convenient and long-term solution that act as natural teeth and with proper care can last a lifetime. Typically the implant comes in limited shapes, but Start Smiling customizes implant sizing to your specific requirements, and forms the teeth with high-end quality porcelain or zirconia. The implant is positioned into the jawbone behind the visible gumline in order to allow a replacement tooth or a bridge to be mounted in that area. Over the next 3 to 6 months, the jawbone heals and the implant secures in place as the bone fuses around the implant.

An abutment (connector post) is then attached to the dental implant to hold the crown (replacement tooth). For multiple teeth replacement, abutments may be used for a bridge or denture.

An impression of your mouth is made to create a model of your teeth. It is used to create your new crown, bridge or implant supported denture. The crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the abutment(s). By filling in missing teeth, the bridge and denture prevent health problems that would occur if left empty. Problems such as, a deteriorating jawbone, and the inability to properly chew and digest your food, which can lead to more significant health problems. Dental implants preserve and increase bone growth as well.

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LOOK AND FEEL GREAT

Dental Implants feel, look and function like healthy, natural teeth.  You take care of them as you do your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing.  They help maintain healthy bone levels in your jaw which can help you retain the natural shape of your face and your smile.

LONG LASTING

Dental Implants that are properly maintained can last many years. Other dental options such as dentures and bridges generally need to be replaced every 5-10 years, requiring additional costs and appointments.

SUPPORT AND PROTECT

Bone loss starts as soon as a tooth is extracted and continues until it is replaced.  Dental Implants are the only tooth replacement choice that helps stimulate bone growth and prevent additional bone loss.

PERMAMENT
AND SECURE

No more clicking or slipping of your dentures! You can talk, eat and laugh with confidence again without worrying about the ill fit of your dentures.

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HOW PERMANENT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

The question of how long a dental implant lasts is an important one. You may have heard that the average lifetime of a dental implant is twenty-five years or more. This is true as long as proper care is done to maintain them. Just like your natural teeth, a variety of factors influence their lifetime. These factors include:

  • How well you follow a regular dental maintenance routine, such as daily flossing, brushing, and seeing a dentist every six months.

  • Avoid chewing or biting down on hard items, like pen tips or pencils and avoid opening things with your teeth.

  • The skill of the dentist that placed the implant. Experts should be certified and knowledgeable of the best practices and be monitoring the process of osseointegration, or how well the implant is connecting to the jaw.

  • Your lifestyle (such as not smoking or smoking) and overall health.

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Apart from the simple aesthetics of the dental implant, dental implants have many practical benefits too. They help you speak and eat naturally as they are securely anchored in the jaw with titanium posts. You don’t have to worry about slippage or having to deal with adhesives like traditional dentures. There are some alternatives to dental implants, including mini-implants, dentures and bridges.

It is important to take the time to learn about each of these options and to schedule a consult to see which is the right option for you!

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