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Dental Implants

 

A missing tooth is more than a cosmetic annoyance. The gaps created by missing teeth can invite bacteria and infection, can compromise a patient’s ability to eat and speak correctly, and can allow adjacent teeth to shift their positioning. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, it is important to fill the gap to prevent further damage to your mouth.

Whether it is to replace a single tooth, or to create a full mouth of secure permanent new teeth, implants are a proven, long lasting alternative to bridges and dentures. In fact, a dental implant could very well last a lifetime because it is impervious to cavities! Acting as substitute roots, dental implants bond with the bone to form a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt have additional experience and up-to-date training with virtually all implant systems and prosthetic treatment options. Taking care of patients in need of dental implants is one of their favorite treatments. Both doctors are so confident in their ability to create a successful result that they created a limited warranty for their implant work with coverage for eight years!

From start to finish, it is a simple process to receive a dental implant at Life Smiles Dental Care. In most cases, tooth removal, bone grafting, and implant surgery can be completed at our office without the need to visit a second office. While surgically placing a titanium implant into the jaw sounds like it would be considered major surgery, dental implant surgery is simple and relatively painless. Most patients never miss a day of work after implant surgery. Our surgical results are consistent, predictable, and exceptional. When the implant is ready to be restored with a permanent porcelain crown, Dr. Nielson and Dr. Schmidt have created special relationships with specific, highly-trained laboratory technicians to help them create a final product that is strong, chews comfortably, does not collect food around it, and looks natural.

If you think dental implants may be right for you, please call us at (602) 786-5484 today and receive a free consultation.

REPLACING A SINGLE TOOTH WITH A DENTAL IMPLANT:

Example #1:

PATIENT HISTORY:  Terah was 23 years old when she was referred to our office. She recently completed orthodontics and was congenitally (from birth) missing a front tooth.  Her smile was restored with bone grafting, a single implant, a white custom abutment and a porcelain crown.

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Example #2:

PATIENT HISTORY: Vincent never grew his two side front teeth (lateral incisors). He completed orthodontics to line up his teeth and to make the spaces the same size. His smile was restored with bone grafting, two single implants, two custom abutments and two porcelain crowns. Note the way the gum tissue adapts naturally around the implant crowns — this takes unusual skill to create such a natural result.

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Example #3:

PATIENT HISTORY: Joe had lost his lower left first molar due to a fractured root. He replaced the tooth with an implant utilizing a titanium custom abutment and a porcelain crown.

THE TITANIUM ABUTMENT SUBSTRUCTURE:

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WITH THE FINAL IMPLANT CROWN:

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REPLACING A SECTION OF TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS:

Example #1:

PATIENT HISTORY: Hilda was referred to our office by Dr. Rabot, an oral surgeon. She had lost some teeth and Dr. Rabot had placed three dental implants (the artificial roots). Hilda’s function was replaced with an implant bridge (Rt), a single implant crown (Lt), and composite fillings in the front two teeth.

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Example #2:

PATIENT HISTORY: Ginger had an old metal partial denture that replaced her lower left molars. She was never comfortable with the partial and often ate without it in. Her concerns were addressed by adding two implant teeth on the lower left. She also received porcelain crowns and veneers to give her a beautiful, youthful smile.

 

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Example #3:

PATIENT HISTORY: Mike had avoided dental care for years due to other health problems. He had numerous cavities and needed to have some teeth replaced with three implants and a bridge. His front teeth needed crowns due to large cavities. Mike was amazed how his missing teeth could be restored and his smile cosmetically improved at the same time!

 

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REPLACING ALL THE UPPER OR LOWER TEETH WITH A “SNAP ON” DENTURE:

Example #1:

PATIENT HISTORY: Dale was referred to our office by his daughter, Debra. He was missing many teeth already and the teeth he still had were in poor condition due to cavities and gum disease. He received complete upper and lower dentures the same day that the teeth were removed. The lower denture was stabilized with two implants.

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REPLACING ALL THE UPPER OR LOWER TEETH WITH A FIXED “HYBRID” DENTURE:

Example #1:

PATIENT HISTORY: This patient had long, old bridges that replaced all his lower back teeth. Eventually the anchor teeth developed gum disease and the old bridges had to be removed. A complete lower implant “hybrid” denture was made to replace all the lower teeth. This patient NEVER was without a FIXED set of lower teeth.

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Example #2:

PATIENT HISTORY: This patient had suffered with dental problems her whole life. She was missing many teeth already and had been replacing the missing teeth with flimsy partial dentures. She required that all the upper teeth be removed and all the lower back teeth. She replaced the upper teeth with a fixed “hybrid” denture and the lower back teeth with fixed implant crowns.

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REPLACING ALL THE UPPER OR LOWER TEETH WITH A TITANIUM BAR AND REMOVABLE DENTURE:

Whether from disease, malnutrition, or genetic disorders, sometimes it is necessary for us to extract all of a patient’s lower or upper teeth. While this can be devastating, dentures can provide a second chance at a beautiful smile.

Having complete dentures help with chewing as well as support one’s facial structure and improve speech. With immediate dentures, you can have a full set of teeth while you are waiting for your gums to heal and your bone to realign after having teeth removed. This can take up to six months, so immediate dentures are a great alternative during that time.

Sometimes, complete dentures are not necessary. Partial dentures can replace a string of missing teeth, and are secured to your remaining teeth with clasps.

No matter which kind of dentures you choose, you can be assured to receive natural-looking dentures that match your facial structure and desired tooth color.

For more information or to receive a free consultation, please contact us today at (602) 786-5484.



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