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Dental Implants can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time. Many of Dr. Kim's implant patients enjoy life without worrying about their teeth. Dr. Kim is the skilled dental implant expert who will help you improve your dental health and increase self-confidence.
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Dental Implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth.
When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implant is a great option. You may want to choose dental implants if you:
hide your smile because you have missing teeth
wear uncomfortable dentures
are dissatisfied with your removable dentures
want to keep your other teeth intact
What is an implant?
A dental implant is a root-shaped titanium used in dentistry to replace missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and grace, dental implants are the choice of ideal treatment.
Dental implants offer a more conservative option than traditional bridgework because they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
How will the implant be placed?
First, the implant is placed into your jaw. Over the next four months, the bone is healed around the implant and bonds with the implant to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Often, a second step is needed to uncover the implant and attach a healing cap. This molds the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will need heal for a couple of weeks following these procedures. Sometimes, the second step is not required when the healing cap is placed right after the implant placement. Dr. Kim will advise you on which option is best for you.
Finally, the implant abutment, a small metal post, is placed on the implant, and a 3D scan is made. The custom implant crown is made based on the scan. Then the final prosthesis is inserted and adjusted for a comfortable fit. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.
Every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined when conditions permit. Dr. Kim will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants offer firm support to crowns. Dentures, bridges or single teeth attached to the implants won't slip or shift in your mouth; this allows you to eat and speak without any discomfort.
This secure fit helps crowns feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures.
Many people find implant-supported dentures more comfortable than traditional dentures
In areas teeth are missing, dental implants help to keep the jawbone from shrinking; it preserves the bone better whereas a bridge causes deterioration of bone
Implants are efficient because they can last a lifetime with good care.
It replaces a tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth
Long term, an implant can be more aesthetic and easier to maintain
Single Tooth Implant
The single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth's roots. It is a stand-alone unit and does not require treating the teeth next to it.
If you are missing one or more teeth, there are many reasons why you should replace them:
You may not like how the gap looks when you smile.
Missing teeth may affect how you speak.
A missing molar tooth can make it harder to chew.
When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the teeth around it can shift.
Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth. This may cause the remaining teeth to become loose over time.
Loss of teeth and bone can make your face sag. You may look older.
Implant-Supported Bridges and Denture
Implant Supported Bridge
Dental Implants can be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The implant-supported bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some of the tooth roots. Unlike traditional bridges, an implant-supported bridge does not need support from the teeth next to it.
Implant Supported Denture
If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture can replace the missing teeth and some of the tooth roots. Because the dental implants integrate with the jawbone, an implant-supported denture is comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.
Sources: American Dental Association