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For patients who are serious about treating their tooth loss, the only solution they should be interested in is dental implants. This is the sole treatment that restores an entire tooth both above and below the gum line to provide unmatched aesthetics, stability, and durability compared to any other replacement. At Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry, Dr. Shevchenko can use dental implant restorations to help patients with any amount of missing teeth, enabling them to reclaim their oral health and confidence at the same time.
Dental implants can be paired with a variety of restorations in order to bring back any amount of missing teeth. Dr. Shevchenko will help you figure out which of the following options is best for your particular situation:
Just two implant roots can be used to support a bridge that holds up to 4 replacement teeth in a row. Implant bridges have a much better hold compared to traditional ones. Plus, they don’t have that telling black line near the gums as well.
All it takes is just 4-6 implants to replace several teeth at the same time. Once in the jawbone, a denture can simply snap onto the implants using ball-joints or a metal bar. Implant-retained dentures can even be designed as permanently fixed so that patients don’t ever have to take them out for cleaning, creating a replacement that more closely resembles real teeth.
In order for dental implants to be placed into the jawbone, a patient must first undergo minor surgery. For this step of the process, we will refer them to one of our partnered specialists. Our network of oral surgeons and periodontists consists of doctors who have each performed the placement procedure literally thousands of times, meaning our patients are guaranteed to get results they can rely on for a lifetime to come. Once the patient has healed from their placement, Dr. Shevchenko will top the implants with brand new teeth at a follow-up appointment.
As touched on above, implants can be used to support different kinds of restorations designed to replace varying numbers of teeth, and because of this, there is no actual fixed price for the procedure. The number of implants, the type of restoration, and even the location of the missing teeth can all make the treatment more or less expensive. For instance, restoring front teeth tends to cost more than back teeth due to there being less available bone and more aesthetic concerns.
While implants can be a sizeable investment in your smile, they more than pay for themselves as time goes by. Able to last for 30+ years or even longer, a patient with a traditional bridge or denture would have to completely redo their treatment on multiple occasions during that time, dramatically compounding the lower initial cost. Overall, implant patients usually end up saving thousands because of their low maintenance needs!
Choosing to replace your missing teeth is a significant step. You should carefully consider your options before moving forward. As the most comprehensive choice for tooth replacement, dental implants are also the most complex. Even with all of this valuable information, you may still have questions about this revolutionary treatment. Below you’ll find additional information that can help you determine whether dental implants are right for you.
In a strong majority of cases, dental implants are placed and restored successfully. In fact, they are about 98 percent successful even 10 years after placement! How do we get such great results? Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko works with specialists in the area, who are surgical experts at the complex placement procedure. Then, once you’ve healed properly, we provide custom-made, durable restorations that stand the test of time.
Although rare, implant failure can occur. If you have an untreated oral infection, such as gum disease, or if you don’t have sufficient bone density in your jaw, an implant can fail to integrate with the bone properly. Luckily, Dr. Shevchenko is very thorough to make sure that you are in good oral health and that you get any preparatory procedures done before the implants are placed. That way, you have the best chances of success.
Over time, dental implants can come loose or fail—usually as a result of improper care. Although dental implants are not real teeth, you need to treat them as you would your natural ones. That means you need to brush and floss and visit our Hampton office twice every year for checkups. If you do these simple things, there’s no reason why your implants can’t last 30 years or longer!
Dental implants may be the a viable replacement option for you if you meet the following criteria:
The best way to know whether you qualify for this replacement option is to have a consultation with Dr. Shevchenko. She can evaluate you and help you determine whether this treatment is right for you. So, if you want to enjoy a fully functional, long-lasting smile again, contact our team at Smiles By The Sea, and we’ll schedule your consultation.