Imagine if you could smile with confidence again without worrying about missing teeth. If you have been hiding your smile or are embarrassed about missing teeth, talk to our skilled dentists—Dr. Nicholas Rallis and Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis—about implant dentistry solutions. Our custom dental implants can restore your smile and your self-confidence in just a few office visits. Take a look at our before and after photos to see how dental implants can restore your smile!
A dental implant is a highly effective tooth replacement option used to restore missing or badly damaged teeth. It is composed of three parts: a small titanium post that acts as a natural tooth root, a dental prosthesis (crown, bridge, or denture) that serves as the visible body of the tooth, and an abutment that works as a foundation to keep the prosthesis in place. Together, they are designed to form a fully functional, natural-looking artificial tooth that should be indistinguishable from the rest of your surrounding teeth. Dental implants can not only rebuild a stunning smile, but they also typically allow greater structural reinforcement and improved oral wellness.
We may recommend dental implants instead of dentures or a dental bridge for several reasons. Dental implants are a stable, secure and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth and support healthy bone tissue. Dentures and bridges rest on top of the gums so the jaw bone is still left untouched. The lack of bone tissue stimulation can lead to jaw bone loss over time, causing further problems down the road.
Dental implants are versatile in function and can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a full dental arch. Your custom-designed tooth replacement(s) will be crafted using the finest dental materials and are meant to look and feel like a natural part of your mouth.
A dental implant can work beautifully as a replacement for individual missing or extracted teeth. They are designed to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth on either side of the absent space for optimal aesthetic enhancement. In cases where an implant is being used to replace badly damaged or decayed teeth, the titanium post (meant to act as a natural tooth root) can usually be implanted simultaneous to tooth extraction, provided the root of the compromised tooth does not contain an infection. In either case, a temporary dental crown is usually placed in lieu of the missing tooth while the post has time to fuse with the jawbone.
For patients with three or more consecutive missing or damaged teeth, multiple dental implants can be used to restore both form and function to your smile and bite. They typically offer several advantages for individuals with an adequate amount of jawbone density to support the implants, including greater security than an attached dental bridge as well as healthier bone structure. This solution involves using two or more dental implants to secure a natural-looking dental prosthesis (such as a bridge or partial denture) to fill in the entire gap created by absent teeth. The number of implants necessary will be determined by your bone density and how many teeth require replacement.
All-on-4® implant dentures are an exciting restoration option for patients who require replacement of an entire upper and/or lower arch. Unlike traditional dentures, which are prone to slipping uncomfortably along the gumline, implant dentures are securely affixed to your jawbone by four strategically placed dental implants. When compared to unanchored dentures, this can allow more confidence when speaking, drinking, or chewing, and doesn’t require use of messy pastes or adhesives. While several implants are traditionally required to sustain a full denture arch, the cutting-edge All-on-4® technique can achieve optimal support and security with only four implants postured at precise angles. A custom-fabricated denture arch is then affixed to the implants for a beautiful and seamless result.
The process for replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or complete arch will begin with a consultation in which one of our dentists will assess the state of your bone structure and determine whether you have enough jawbone density to support dental implantation. If the amount of bone loss suffered is too great to accommodate an implant, Dr. Rallis or Dr. Chondrogiannis may recommend bone grafting treatment to regenerate new bone before dental implantation, or suggest another restorative option.
The nature and length of your procedure will depend on the details of your treatment plan, such as the health of your gum tissue, the number of extractions necessary, the number of teeth requiring replacement, and other factors. During the procedure, one or multiple titanium posts will be inserted into your gum tissue where necessary to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for your restoration. For patients who experience dental anxiety or who are concerned with discomfort, our practice offers a number of sedation dentistry techniques to alleviate anxiety levels and allow a more relaxing treatment experience. Once the implants have successfully fused to your jawbone, an abutment will act as an anchor for placement of a custom-designed restoration on top of the implant post(s). At the end of the process, you should have an indistinguishable tooth replacement that is designed to last decades.
As a tooth replacement solution that can last decades with proper oral hygiene, dental implants can be a long-term investment in the enhanced beauty and structural integrity of your smile. We understand that cost is a major consideration when undergoing any procedure or treatment, and we take great measures to accommodate the unique needs of all of our patients.
Because the dental implant procedure is tailored to the needs and goals of each patient, the total cost of treatment is subjective. Factors that usually influence dental implant pricing include:
Rest assured that a friendly member of our office will break down the entire cost of treatment with you prior to the start of any treatment. Our office accepts a wide range of payment methods, insurance plans, and financing options to suit your budgetary concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office for any additional questions you may have.
Dr. Rallis has trained at the Dawson Academy and has received advanced training to provide dental implants. He has perfected the process of preparing a site for dental implant placement and enjoys its high success rate as a tooth replacement procedure.
Dr. Rallis believes there is no reason to destroy other teeth in order to restore the smile and feels that dental implants are a relatively conservative treatment. Dental implants do not put extra stress or pressure on supporting teeth and also have a short healing time.
“Dental implants allow me to improve the quality of a patient’s life. No one is ever disappointed they received an implant.” Dr. Rallis
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