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Do You Worry About:

  • Dentures coming loose as you laugh, cough or sneeze?
  • A thick layer of nasty-tasting denture adhesives interfering with your enjoyment of food?
  • Wrinkles from loss of bone and tissue to support the delicate muscles of your lips, cheeks, the corners of your mouth and your face?
  • Sores from loose-fitting dentures rubbing your gums?
  • Being tired of social embarrassment or looking older than you are?
  • Are you sick and tired of ill-fitting dentures, or missing or worn out teeth

When you go out to a restaurant, do you order the food you truly want?

Or do you order bland, soft-textured food … just to avoid the frustration and embarrassment of your dentures in front of family and friends?

Be honest – would you like to sink your teeth into a mouthwatering 16 oz. Porterhouse steak? Would you like to be able to eat corn on the cob again? Or enjoy a juicy Granny Smith Apple?

There is a solution that can literally give you teeth that are 90% of the strength of your original teeth.

What are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

Today implants are a common procedure. Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, to support non-removable permanent bridges for multiple teeth, or to better support a full or partial denture with clasps or retention bars. Because they also help maintain bone, they can help prevent additional tooth loss and a sunken facial appearance.

Three separate pieces are involved: the implant (which fuses to your bone), an abutment that screws on the implant, and a crown that is cemented or screwed on the abutment.

Once the implant, made from titanium, is surgically placed in the bone, it takes about four months for it to become integrated into the jaw. A life-like ceramic porcelain tooth restoration is then matched to the original tooth color and attached to the implant abutment. These feel more natural than conventional replacement bridges or dentures.

To be a candidate for implants, you must be reasonably healthy and have enough bone to support the implants. If you do not have adequate bone, then there are other options, which can be discussed at a consultation.

 

 Chew Good. Look Good. Feel Good.

If your missing teeth are near the front of your mouth or they leave a noticeable gap in your cheeks, then implants will not only help restore your confidence and happiness in your appearance but help you eat the foods you enjoy. Implants seamlessly replace your missing teeth and due to great advances in the look of prosthetics in recent years, no one will be able to tell that they aren’t the real deal.

Sign up for a dental implant consultation!

 

Types of Dental Implants

Implants usually involve one surgery with the placement of a temporary crown or prosthesis that stays in place for about four months until the permanent crown or prosthesis is permanently cemented. Although it may take up to four months for the bone to grow around the implant and firmly hold it in place, “immediate load” implants have become popular.

Immediate load implants are just that: If you have excellent bone quality, there is sometimes enough support for the implant to bear the weight of light chewing and a tooth replacement right away.

This is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. There is nothing more exciting to me than when a patient, who has been wearing dentures for many years, can come into my office and after one long appointment walk out with implanted permanent teeth!

Frequently, patients who have broken a tooth off to the point where the tooth has a poor prognosis can have an implant placed the same day that the tooth is extracted. They walk in the front door of our office with their own tooth and walk out with a temporary crown cemented on top of an implant. In ONE APPOINTMENT!!!

You Will Look 10 Years Younger

Dental implants assist you in looking and feeling younger because they prevent bone loss. By preventing bone loss that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, your facial structures remain normal and intact. The chances of wrinkling and the look of old age before your time is less likely.

Implants prevent the bone loss that would normally occur with the loss of teeth. In other words, every day that you continue to wear dentures or have missing teeth, you are experiencing bone loss, which makes you look much older than you have to. By using dental implants, your facial structures and jaw remains strong, healthy and intact. This is especially important when all the teeth are missing, because the lower one-third of your face begins to collapse if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.

9 Critical Reasons For and Benefits of Dental Implants

1. Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function more like natural teeth. You will look younger and more attractive, which allows you to be even more confident and enjoy smiling, laughing and talking with others.

2. You might now live longer because you’ll get to eat better and prevent malnutrition or stomach problems! Fresh vegetables, corn and fruits are back on the menu! You can now eat the foods you like. Also, since your chewing is improved, your digestion will be even better as well!

3. More confidence in social situations. Patients love their new implants because of their improved appearance, function, comfort and health. When you go out in public, you will never have to cover your mouth with your hand or put off eating out of fear of a denture popping out or gagging you. Also, the improved appearance of your new smile will have people giving you compliments that you’ve never gotten before. 

4. Allows you to relax and not have to worry about your dentures moving around, popping out, or gagging you. Eliminate denture adhesives FOREVER! Since implant-supported teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is no need for messy denture adhesives. You’ll never worry about your dentures flying out when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or when you eat. Implants are so securely attached that the fear of them falling out will be eliminated!

5. Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, as well as the tooth root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. Also, nothing in the mouth looks or feels false or artificial!

6. Increases the amount of enjoyment you get out of eating. You will be able to taste foods more fully. Wearing an upper denture can prevent someone from really tasting food as the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant-supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so you can truly enjoy the taste of foods.

7. Improves overall oral health and decreases the risk of oral cancer and heart disease.

8. It is much easier to care for implants than dentures. Your chances of bacteria build up and gum disease decreases when you have implants.

9. Your other teeth will not be affected because of missing teeth. Since replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns and bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, they are not compromised or damaged.

As you can see, I’m a huge fan of dental implants. I love seeing my patients’ lives change as a result of them. My guess is that if you have read this far you are seriously interested in possibly choosing dental implants as a viable option to your situation, but I’m sure you have questions or concerns.

3 Most Common Questions From Patients Considering Dental Implants

Q: How Painful Is Getting Dental Implants?

A: Most patients report that they feel very little, if any, pain after the procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you avoid much pain and discomfort in the long-term.

Besides, given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, the implant dentist is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.

There are many options to ensure scared patients can have VERY COMFORTABLE care. If fear is keeping you from getting the dentistry you want or need, “you truly don’t have to be afraid anymore.” There are many alternatives to guarantee your comfort, including dental sedation. With dental sedation, you can often have your dentistry done in one visit, with little or no memory of ever having been in our office. So if you’re especially fearful, phobic or pain-sensitive, you have the option of doing the procedures with sedation dentistry, giving you stronger, more comfortable teeth without any pain or discomfort!

Some patients do well and are comfortable with being awake and aware of what is going on during a procedure while others would rather be completely unaware and asleep. In between these two extremes are several variations.

In short, sedation dentistry can be divided into two forms. Oral conscious sedation means you are awake and somewhat aware during a dental procedure, but you’re unlikely to remember it afterward. IV sedation is where you are unaware of what is happening during the dental procedure.

Dentists who are able to offer the full, broad spectrum of what is known as “sedation dentistry” can help patients determine the best method for them in preparation for treatment. At Antoine Dental Center, we want to make sure you are comfortable during your procedure.

Q: What is the Cost of Implant Treatment?

A: Many people ask, “How much are implants going to cost?” The only real way to determine actual cost is by consulting with an implant dentist to find out if you have bone loss or if you’ll need one, two or more implants.

So yes, you will need to look at implants as an investment, because it really is a significant decision. A cruise or other trip ends after 5-7 days. Or you can purchase more “stuff” for the house, but is that really as important as being able to enjoy chewing your food, having a smile you’re proud of and an improved health because of your improved nutrition?

A healthy mouth and a dazzling smile pay dividends in many ways for your entire life. Dental implants are admittedly not the least expensive option. If your primary concern is lowest possible cost, then dental implants are not for you.

Q: What do I do now?

A: Dental implants are the fastest way to replace up to 90% of your chewing force. It is the ideal way to get back what has been stolen from you … the magnificent, youthful smile you deserve.

Now every denture complaint has a solution!

  • You can have a denture that stays firmly in place!
  • You can go out with friends and eat any food you want; no more worry about what’s on the menu.
  • You don’t have to get food under your denture.
  • You no longer have to “think” about your dentures.

Have more confidence in your attractive smile and your ability to chew. No longer do you have to worry about being embarrassed with something that happens with your dentures.  Look younger … don’t assume you have to accept the lines and wrinkles around your mouth, lips and cheeks …

You don’t have to “settle” for bad dentures anymore!

If you’d like to find out if you are a candidate and qualify as a patient for dental implants, then just give us a call at (713) 497-1499. I offer a dental implant evaluation so that patients, like you, can have a no­ risk opportunity to have all their questions answered and see if they are a candidate.

We will have you come in for a brief time so I can get some X-­rays, look at your gums and, most importantly, find out what it is YOU WANT.

 Chew Good. Look Good. Feel Good.

If your missing teeth are near the front of your mouth or they leave a noticeable gap in your cheeks, then implants will not only help restore your confidence and happiness in your appearance but help you eat the foods you enjoy. Implants seamlessly replace your missing teeth and due to great advances in the look of prosthetics in recent years, no one will be able to tell that they aren’t the real deal.

Sign up for a dental implant consultation!

 
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