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.
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. Kendall’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.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
All-on-4 implant dentures are a great option is you are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth (either all upper or all lower). This innovative procedure allows you to replace all your teeth in just one procedure, typically getting your replacement teeth in one day. These implant dentures have all the benefits of other dental implants, but they can be an even better choice for some people because they:
- Are less expensive than other treatment options
- Replace all your teeth in one day
- Can be placed without a bone graft
Taking advantage of material technology and precise engineering, All-on-4 implant dentures can be a more convenient and cost-effective treatment option for many people. But they still look great and function just like natural teeth.
Not everyone is a candidate for this exciting alternative to traditional dental implant procedures. Contact us today to find out if you’re one of them!
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. Kendall 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).
If you’re worried about this, we offer sedation dentistry. You can calm your anxiety and reduce your discomfort before, during, and after the procedure. We even offer IV sedation, which allows for more heavy sedation.
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.