Dr. Pedraza and our team work hard to stay on the leading-edge of restorative dentistry. If you struggle with ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth, dental implants can give your smile a second chance. Implants are useful in denture stabilization, and they can also be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, and in single-tooth replacements. Advancements in implant technology have made dental implants the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. Ask us how implants can restore your smile and improve the overall quality of your life, health, and well-being.
Dr. Pedraza believes it is best to have the same dentist who places your implants also be the one to restore them. This is why Dr. Pedraza has had training in both phases of implant dentistry, allowing you to receive all of your implant treatment in one office.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in both the upper and lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a solid anchor for the replacement tooth that goes on top. Dental implants can be used as solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
There are a number of reasons to consider dental implants. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage can make your face look older than it is. Permanent dental implants can be more durable and longer lasting than traditional tooth replacements, and they also look and feel more like natural teeth. Most importantly, they function like natural teeth, allowing you to chew, talk, and smile with confidence again. Successful and properly maintained implants can even prevent the bone loss that commonly occurs after tooth loss, and healthy implants can last you a lifetime. Dental implants are an excellent restorative option for:
- Single Tooth Replacements. This procedure is relatively quick and simple, as one tooth is replaced by one single implant.
- Multiple Tooth Replacements. In what is known as a “fixed bridge,” implants are permanently placed in the jaw, then connected to a stable bridge (a series of crowns).
- Full Arch Replacements. Some dental healthcare professionals refer to these type of implants as “full mouth restorations.” A full arch replacement is a permanent, long-lasting, and functional alternative to removable dentures for people who are missing most or all of their teeth.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture anchored with implants. With as few as two implants, you could have a denture that is significantly more stable and will allow you the flexibility to eat more of the foods you love. This method also eliminates the embarrassing social situations that can occur with a traditional denture. Stop by our office to find out how this procedure will bring back your confidence, smile, and enjoyment of eating again!
Computer Guided Dental Implants
With CT imaging, we are able to create a digital replica of your jawbone. Using this digital image, we can place implants with more accuracy and safety than ever before, while avoiding sensitive and critical structures such as nerves, roots, and even sinuses. The convenience and precision of CT scanning also helps us reduce the overall treatment time required for dental implants.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many patients suffering from advanced tooth decay, root canal failure, trauma to the mouth, or just extreme natural wear and breakdown of their teeth are benefiting from this revolutionary option in restorative dentistry. However, there are still some things to consider before you decide on dental implants. For example, implants are best performed after adolescence, when the teeth and jaw bone are fully developed. Additionally, the implant procedure can be more complicated for individuals with periodontal (gum) disease, active diabetes, immune deficiencies, and for patients who smoke. To ensure that you get the treatment that’s right for you, visit Dr. Pedraza for a full implant evaluation.