What are dental implants?

Dental implants are man-made tooth roots to secure your replacement teeth naturally. When teeth are removed, the jawbone heals by collapsing and bone resorption occurs. Unless tooth roots or implants are there to stimulate the bone, the bone continues to shrivel away. Because bone loss is painless, you may think it's not happening to you, but it is. Implant placement stops bone resorption from continuing and retains the existing bone you still have.  

Bone loss in the jaws occurs with everyone, any time you are missing teeth. Luckily, we have dental implants as a life-long solution to missing teeth. They are very durable, stable and strong and in most cases can last 30+ years.

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Why are dental implants needed?

Dental implants are placed for many reasons, including the following:

  • 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 spaces.
  • To restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • To restore chewing, speech and help with digestion.
  • To restore and enhance facial tissues.
  • To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

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What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer many benefits for patients with missing teeth. They provide a natural look, give strength and stability to your bite and prevent bone loss and gum recession. Dental implants function like natural tooth roots and provide fixed solutions, allowing them to eliminate issues associated with removable dental restorations such as dentures.

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How do dental implants compare to real teeth?

While preserving real teeth is always preferred, dental implants are the closest thing we have in dentistry when that isn’t an option. Instead of being a short-term solution, dental implants are like permanent teeth that use a titanium screw to mimic your natural root and prevent future health issues. For single teeth, this is followed by an abutment and crown that attaches to the implant and mimics the crown of a real tooth.  

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How do you know whether you need dental implants or veneers?

Whether you should get dental implants or porcelain veneers depends on the problem you are trying to fix. If you have teeth that are healthy but have cosmetic issues such as stains, chips or gaps veneers are a great option to give you a beautiful smile in a short amount of time. If you have a larger problem affecting your oral health, like missing teeth, bone loss or receding gums, it will be better to choose dental implants as a stable anchor for artificial teeth.

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Why should I get dental implants instead of dentures?

At Dentalways we recommend All-on-4 dental implants or implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures due to the many advantages they provide patients. The All-on-4 procedure provides patients with a fixed bridge attached to 4 implants and it doesn’t come in and out, so it’s more like natural teeth than dentures.  This is the best option available and provides patients with “teeth in a day."

Another option is implant-supported dentures. This usually involves placing just two implants on which ball anchors are placed and then the denture “snaps” over these two ball anchors. Both the All–on-4 and implant-supported dentures are better options than conventional dentures, with advantages such as increased comfort and confidence. These are both longer-term solutions to missing teeth and give an overall decrease in the risk of further oral and digestive health problems, as chewing capacity is increased vs. conventional dentures.

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What should I expect after dental implant surgery?

It’s important to understand what to expect after dental implant surgery to ensure you have the best recovery possible. This includes properly cleaning and caring for your dental implants, maintaining a diet that will allow for healing and knowing which side effects are normal and which are not. However, with the techniques Dr. Khullar employs during implant surgery our patients have little to no post-operative pain.

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