Dental Implants-West Seneca, NY
Enjoy a Full Smile Again
Are you constantly thinking about your missing teeth? Do they force you to avoid your favorite foods, not say certain words, or think twice before smiling? If so, then the team at Applegate Dental is ready to offer you the most complete and state-of-the-art tooth replacement available today: dental implants. With these lifelike restorations, we can effectively bring back any number of missing teeth and help patients reclaim their full smiles for a lifetime. If you are ready to finally say “goodbye!” to the gaps, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Traditionally, tooth replacements only restore the part of the tooth that is visible when a patient smiles, leaving the root structure missing below. While this may not seem like much of a problem, tooth roots, in addition to supporting our teeth, serve an integral function in overall oral health.
The roots are supported by gum and alveolar bone tissue that gives our face its smooth, youthful appearance, and they stimulate the jawbone, causing it to retain density. The body is a highly efficient machine, so when a tooth goes missing, nutrients from the part of the jawbone that used to support it are gradually rerouted to other areas that receive greater use. Over time, this causes the bone to shrink and change shape.
Unlike traditional tooth replacements, dental implant supported teeth renew the entire smile from the roots up to provide optimal structural stability, health, and beauty. The end result is a restoration that is the next best thing to a natural tooth, and with the proper care, it can easily last for a lifetime.
This treatment is typically no more painful than a tooth extraction, root canal, or other restorative procedure, but patients should expect a longer period of healing and recovery. The placement is fairly straightforward. A small incision is made in the gum line where the implant is to be placed. The implant post is then inserted into the opening which may or may not be stitched closed. Over the course of several months, a process known as osseointegration occurs. Osseo means bones, so literally this is the bone integration process. Dental implants are crafted from high quality materials like titanium. When placed below the gum line, the implant post mimics the natural function of tooth roots, and over time, the supportive alveolar bone and connective gum tissue attach to the implant just as they would tooth roots.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Once the osseointegration process is complete, patients return to our office for implant restoration. For patients missing a single tooth or two teeth in a row, we use one implant post to support a custom crafted dental crown or crowns. For patients missing three or more consecutive teeth, we may recommend an implant supported fixed bridge. Just like a traditional fixed bridge, the replacement teeth are anchored in position by dental crowns, but rather than damaging surrounding healthy teeth, the crowns are placed over two dental implant posts.
Those patients with more extensive tooth loss may need an implant retained partial or full denture. Like traditional dentures and partials, the implant retained varieties are composed of a number of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base. Rather than being held in position by metallic clasps or natural suction, implant-retained prosthetics are connected to a series of precisely positioned implant posts. We offer both removable and fixed implant prosthetics depending on patient preference.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are able to help patients with varying degrees of tooth loss and can support a number of different restorations. Which one is best for you? You can learn more about your options below:
Missing a Single Tooth
For patients missing a single tooth, we can use one implant root to support a custom-crafted dental crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For patients missing three or more teeth consecutively, we may recommend an implant-supported fixed bridge. Just like a traditional bridge, the replacement teeth are anchored in position by dental crowns, but rather than having to reshape the surrounding healthy teeth, the crowns are placed over two dental implant posts.
Missing All Teeth
Patients with more extensive tooth loss could likely benefit from an implant-retained partial or full denture. Like traditional dentures, the implant-retained varieties are composed of a number of replacement teeth set into a gum-colored base. Rather than being held in position by metallic clasps or natural suction, implant-retained dentures are connected to a series of precisely placed implant roots, giving them a hold and security a regular prosthetic simply cannot match. We offer both removable and fixed implant prosthetics depending on a patient’s preference.
Start to Finish Convenience
Dental implants are usually placed in two phases – surgical implantation and restoration. At Applegate Dental, we are happy to complete both phases of care in our comfortable West Seneca office, helping patients get what they need in the most efficient and stress-free way possible.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The overall cost of a dental implant procedure can vary quite a bit from person to person depending on their individual needs, such as how many teeth they would like to be replaced and where they are located in the mouth. It should be noted that thanks to their longevity, implants are often the most cost-effective replacement option for patients. While traditional bridges and dentures typically need to be completely redone every 7-10 years, implants can easily last for 30 or more, saving a patient thousands in periodic maintenance and retreatment over time.