Dental Implants - A Better Treatment Option
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a safe, aesthetic alternative to traditional bridgeworks, crowns and even dentures. Implant restorations appear and feel like natural teeth, and because of this, they provide new levels of comfort, security and confidence over alternative treatments. For more than 20 years, Zimmer Dental Implants have been helping to provide an improved quality of life to patients with restorative needs.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is a very small “anchor.” Made of titanium, the anchor is inserted into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. After osseointegration (when the surrounding bone has healed to the implant), a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. Your new tooth will look, feel and perform similar to your other natural teeth.
Dental Implant Advantages
Dental implants offer a more secure bite than removable dentures, making it easier to eat, talk and laugh without fear of embarrassment.
Dental implants can improve your overall oral health by allowing neighboring teeth to remain intact, rather than compromising healthy teeth to support a bridge.
Zimmer Trabecular Metal Dental Implants do not move or slip, eliminating major concerns such as poor fit, gum irritation and pain.
Dental Implant Process Explained
The process for receiving dental implants can take anywhere from 4 to 9 months, depending on several factors, such as how many implants you require and how quickly your gums and surrounding tissue heal. Dental implant surgery includes an evaluation of your mouth and medical history; placing the implant into your jaw while you are under anesthesia; attachment of a prosthetic “post” to the implant; and oral hygiene education for caring for your implant before, during and after the procedure.
- Pre-Treatment Consultation
- Initial Implant Placement
- Implant Prosthetic Attachment
- Proper Maintenance
We’ll Find The Option That’s Best For You
We offer several types of implants to best fit your individual needs.
Find out how dental implant dentistry and tooth replacement can improve your quality of life.
Single Tooth Replacement
An implant-supported crown is often a better treatment option than a removable partial denture or tooth-supported crown for patients who are missing a single tooth. Our single tooth replacements are comfortable, and they look and feel like natural teeth so that no one can tell the difference.
- Looks, feels and performs just like a natural tooth
- Preserves surrounding bone and prevents bone loss
- Doesn’t compromise healthy adjacent teeth for support
- Restores self-confidence and self-esteem through a stronger, more secure bite
A single tooth replacement:
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Patients who are missing multiple teeth may see greater benefits through implant-supported bridges which do not slip, work loose or cause irritation like traditional bridgework. And perhaps the biggest advantage is that implant-supported bridges do not cause problems for nearby teeth.
- Look, feel and perform just like natural teeth
- Offer superior comfort and stability
- Do not compromise adjacent healthy teeth
- Eliminate the chance for decay around prepared teeth
- Attach securely to implants
Multiple tooth replacements:
Complete Tooth Replacement
If you are missing the entirety of your teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, and currently rely on a removable full denture, our implant-supported dentures may be your ideal oral solution. Complete tooth replacements fit better than dentures without causing gum irritation or pain, and there’s no slipping or movement.
- Hold the denture in place
- Preserve the surrounding bone and prevent bone loss
- Offer a more secure biting ability than traditional dentures
- Improve overall oral appearance
- Provide superior comfort and stability
While there are alternative solutions to dental implants available, these traditional treatments have several pros and cons. Both conventional dentures and bridgework can compromise otherwise healthy teeth and gums, and both treatment options require ongoing dentist visits for maintenance, adjustments and replacements.
- Move while you talk and eat
- Look like false teeth
- Are physically uncomfortable and sometimes painful
- Can cause damage to surrounding teeth and accelerate bone loss
- Contribute to resorption of bone which can change your facial appearance