Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Mid 40s couple hug on couchAt Strohman dental, we can make your smile whole again. If you’ve suffered tooth loss due to decay, gum disease, or injury, Dr. Shelley Strohman can help you achieve a permanent, beautiful smile with dental implants. Working closely with a dental implant specialist, Dr. Strohman will guide you through the procedure.

The process of getting dental implants doesn’t require the alteration of other teeth, and you won’t need adhesives to keep them in place. Dental implants begin with the placement of titanium posts to mimic the tooth roots. Titanium is a bio-compatible material, allowing dental implants to become a natural part of your anatomy. Once porcelain crowns have been added, your dental implants will look and feel just like real teeth.

Dental implants are extremely durable and long-lasting. You can take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups. With the proper maintenance, your dental implants can easily last a lifetime. Be sure to contact our office today if you’re ready to have your complete smile again.

Dental crown and bridge on tableImplant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

If you are missing a single tooth or even a row of teeth, implant-retained crowns and bridges can fully restore them. A completely natural looking porcelain crown can be attached to a dental implant to give you a tooth that completely blends into your smile. Additionally, this crown can then be bonded to other prosthetic teeth to create a dental bridge. With either prosthetic, your smile will be whole again, and you’ll be able to enjoy a lifetime of confident smiles.

hand pointing to two implant abutmentsImplant-Retained Prosthetics

Multiple implant posts can also be used to support a partial or full denture. These dentures have numerous advantages over traditional ones. Since they are held in place with implants, they’ll never slip, click, or pop unexpectedly. Also, since your jawbone is being supported from below, they’ll maintain their fit for much longer, and they’ll even allow for a much stronger bite capacity. The result is a healthy set of teeth that will be both beautiful and functional for many years to come.

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants have many notable benefits over more traditional options like dentures and bridges. However, we understand that you may have many questions regarding your eligibility or their long-term functions. That’s why our office is more than happy to compile your most commonly-asked questions all in one place! Of course, we encourage you to call our office directly if your question is not listed below. We’ll do whatever we can to help you make an informed decision on your future tooth replacement!

Is it possible to be too old for dental implants?

At the end of the day, age is not the most important factor when determining if dental implants are right for you. Instead, we focus on the overall health of your mouth, gum tissue and bone tissue. We will also take external factors into account, including whether or not you use tobacco or practice proper oral hygiene. These determine whether a dental implant will actually stay in your jaw for the long-term without failing. We determine these factors during your initial consultation, so you can have confidence in your treatment.

How long will my dental implants last?

Dental implants are specifically designed to last for a very long time. On average, they tend to last 30 years or longer. In many cases, they last for the remainder of the patient’s life. Of course, longevity also heavily depends on how well you take care of them and your existing teeth. For example, advanced gum disease can cause the implant to fall out, just like it would for natural teeth. With routine oral hygiene at home and professional checkups and cleanings at our office, you can make sure that your implants last for many decades just like they are intended to.

What if I have bone loss in my jaw?

One of the most important factors that can influence the overall success of your dental implants is your jaw bone’s foundation. Without a strong foundation, the implants won’t integrate properly. However, just because you’ve suffered bone loss does not necessarily mean you cannot receive dental implants. For example, bone grafts work to restore bone tissue to their fullest foundation, but this can extend the length and increase the cost of your overall treatment. It’s important to keep this in mind as you consider your tooth replacement options.

What if I have gum disease?

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults. No dental implant treatment can occur until your gum disease is resolved. In order to treat your gum disease, you’ll need to undergo periodontal therapy at our office. Once we’ve determined that your gums are in a healthy enough state to receive dental implants, then the placement portion of treatment can begin. Depending on the severity of the gum disease, you may also need bone grafting or a tooth extraction.

What is the best way to pay for dental implants?

Most dental insurance plans do not cover the placement costs of dental implants. However, you may be able to get coverage for other services, such as the consultation or the restoration that goes on top. Additionally, you may want to consider third-party financing options like CareCredit, which offer monthly financing with little to zero interest attached.

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