Tooth Implant Dentistry Right Here in Anchorage
When someone is missing a natural tooth the rest of the teeth in the mouth have to somehow accommodate and do more than their normal share of work with chewing food, etc. If left alone, this one missing tooth allows other teeth space in which to drift and through time, the whole bite can change which leads to further bigger problems.
Replacing your tooth does more than make your smile look attractive again, it protects your other teeth, your bite, and your health. There are currently three approaches to replacing a missing tooth:
- Partial Denture – This is a denture for only one or a few teeth. There is a base of plastic or metal that supports the tooth or teeth and this whole denture connects to the remaining teeth via metal hooks or “clasps.” The problem here is they fill with food and need to be removed and cleaned after every meal and are hard to clean and frequently damage the teeth they connect to..
- Bridge – This is a more permanent solution in that the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are reshaped to allow a “crown” on each of them with a solid pretend replacement tooth in the middle. These are permanently bonded in and have been in use for over 50 years in dentistry. The advantages are that they work fine and stay in the mouth after eating. The disadvantages are that they require involving the adjacent teeth to the missing one and now are asking the 2 adjacent teeth to support the daily chewing forces that are normally shared between 3 teeth. Also, since the bridge is not removable, it requires extra daily care and maintenance with special flossing to keep from getting new cavities..
- Dental Implants – This is a clever way to solve the problem of a missing tooth. A dental implant is basically a titanium tooth root replacement with a “crown” on top. The advantages of this technique are simple, you only need to replace what is currently missing and there is no need to involve your adjacent teeth. This means that the final results are stronger, easier to clean, and last longer than any other option. This was first developed in the 1970’s by a Swedish physician, Dr. Per Branemark. Dr. Johnson, in 1982, began his dental implant training with Dr. Branemark himself and Dr. Johnson has been the leader in dental implant placement and restoration in Alaska now for over 25 years…. Both Dr. Johnson and Dr. Burke are the best trained and most experienced clinicians in Alaska for all phases and all levels of implant dentistry. Come in and see for yourself, all in one office you can get all your dental implant needs met at the highest possible standard.
If you have even been aggravated by the function of your bridge, partial, denture, or just have a missing tooth, maybe it’s time for you to consider the benefit of dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants look and feel just like your natural teeth and are a proven and effective replacement for teeth that have become lost or damaged beyond repair.
A dental implant is simply a titanium replacement for a natural tooth that is placed in the jaw and remains permanently fixed. An artificial tooth (crown) is then permanently cemented to the dental implant, giving you a strong, natural-looking replacement, allowing for comfort and returned function with the look of natural teeth.
At Excellence in Dentistry in Anchorage Alaska, we truly provide excellence in implant dentistry. Dr. Johnson’s and Dr. Burke’s professional goal has been to be a full service dental implant office from start to finish. He has undergone extensive implant dentistry training and is an expert in placing the dental implant as well as designing the finished result—providing patients with the highest quality, one-stop service that few other dental offices can provide.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants help improve your appearance. Patients with missing or damaged teeth may be embarrassed or self-conscious showing their smile. Dental implants give you a natural smile and can help improve self-esteem.
Dental implants improve appearance as well as function. Dental implants make eating easier and more effective by taking the place of missing or damaged teeth. And because surrounding teeth are unaffected by the dental implant process, you can brush and floss between your teeth just as you did before.
Dental implants are extremely durable and will last for many years, often a lifetime.
Dental implants are permanent. Unlike dentures, which have to be removed and cleaned, dental implants can be brushed and flossed, just like your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Candidates
To be a candidate for dental implants, you must be healthy and physically able to undergo routine oral surgery. You must also be committed to the long-term care of your dental implant(s) with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. If you smoke, have diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head or neck, special consideration is needed, so please talk with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Burke to see if implant dentistry is right for you.
Dental Implants FAQ
Will people be able to tell I have dental implants?
Dental implants are specifically designed to match the look and color of your surrounding teeth, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference from your natural teeth and a dental implant.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Different dental insurance plans cover dental procedures in different ways. Talk with our Anchorage, Alaska, dentist team to determine what exactly your dental insurance will cover. Call your dental insurance provider to find out more.
How painful is the dental implant procedure?
The Dental implant procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Most patients who have received dental implants say the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a regular tooth extraction. Discomfort following the procedure can typically be treated with over-the-counter medication (e.g., Tylenol, Motrin).
How do I care for my new dental implants?
Care for your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will ensure your dental implants, and your natural teeth, remain clean and in good health.