Missing teeth can be one of the most stressful oral health issues anyone can face–but dental implants can help all your stress fall away.
The concept of joint replacement is similar to that of dental implants. A knee replacement, for example, surgically replaces damaged parts of the knee with plastic and metal parts. Left untreated, a damaged knee continues to cause pain, restricts mobility and potentially leads to adverse consequences, such as injury.
The same is true for a missing tooth or teeth. There may be pain, and your ability to speak, eat and smile can be restricted, holding you back from fully enjoying life.
Anxiety and depression have been linked to missing teeth, but there’s a solution. Research shows replacing missing teeth with implants or dentures increases the patient’s oral health and overall quality of life. If you are ready to feel confident in your smile, eat your favorite foods, and enjoy life to the fullest — read on!
When you get a dental implant, the part that is surgically placed is the artificial tooth root. The tooth root serves as the foundation for the crown. The benefit of the artificial root (as opposed to a partial, where only the crown is replaced) is the ability for the jawbone to regenerate and fuse to the titanium post. Bone loss is a significant issue for people with missing teeth — without an implant, the bone can deteriorate and atrophy, causing ‘sunken face’. If you have a broken or cracked implant or it has been over 10 years and you are looking for a replacement, Drs. Petersen, Diehl, and Weber offer implant restoration.
To be a good candidate for an implant, you must have enough natural bone in your jaw for the implant to fuse properly. If you don’t have enough bone, the doctor may recommend bone grafting. If you are a candidate, your gums and teeth must also be healthy. Be sure your oral hygiene routine is spot-on prior to surgery. We will start by taking a 3D image of your teeth, jaw and nasal cavity. The doctor can measure with precision how to place the implant based on the images. He will plan and prep you for surgery.
During the surgery, the doctor will make a small incision into your gums. He will place the dental implant into the jawbone, leaving a small portion of the implant above the gum line. Depending on your case, you may get a temporary crown placed. Most patients do not get the crown immediately. The surgery itself takes about an hour per implant.
During your recovery and healing period, your new implant and jawbone will create a brand-new base for your tooth. This part of the process may feel long or insignificant, but it is the most important part of the process. Your jawbone is regenerating and fusing with the titanium post, creating a strong, solid base. Immediately after surgery, we will provide detailed post-op instructions.
After the implant has healed, you will be ready for the most exciting phase of the process — seeing your new smile. While you were recovering, a custom crown (tooth) was being fabricated in a lab. We match it to your tooth color, making it a seamless addition to your smile. The doctor will affix the crown to the abutment (part of the implant above the gum line) and hand you a mirror. Take it all in. You have waited a long time, and patients say over and over what they see in the mirror is well worth the wait.
Our skilled team will walk you through all our financing options and get you the smile you deserve.
The process is complete. Some patients tell us they immediately feel a surge of confidence when they walk out of the office. For others, it can take time to grow into their new smile. You will eat all the foods you love without worry. You will feel a renewed sense of motivation to go do the things you stopped doing before your implant. You will start loving to smile — and that positivity will be contagious to those around you.
For patients who have been in traditional prosthetic dentures and have experienced feelings of frustration or discomfort, we understand! Dentures can be a wonderful solution for some–but for others, dentures are a constant reminder of what they lost, not what they have. Implant-supported dentures change people’s lives for the better every single day. The implant process is the same–there are just more of them. You will receive as many implants, strategically placed across your arch, as the doctor sees fit. You will go through the same recovery process–except the result is a complete arch of new teeth. You will see yourself with a full, secure, natural-looking smile. You just may feel like a kid again!
Drs. Petersen, Diehl and Weber are general dentists with specialized training in dental implants.
Todd Petersen, DDS
Marina Hills Dental
282 Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 202
Spring Creek, NV 89815
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