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Dental Implants

When you suffer the loss of a tooth, the best option is to have it replaced with a dental implant. A dental implant is permanently fused to the jawbone. With the implant serving as the tooth root, an abutment connects a dental crown to the implant to create the appearance of a natural tooth. All the abutments and dental crowns that Dr. Sands uses are metal-free and natural looking to produce the most long lasting and aesthetically pleasing results for your smile.

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Dr. Jamie Sands uses only highly durable zirconium abutments that support implant longevity and prevent graying at the gum line.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

RestoreYour Smile

Restore your smile with a beautiful and natural appearance

Dental implants with zirconium abutments look just like natural teeth. With a dental implant, your smile will appear natural and beautiful as though you never lost a tooth in the first place.
No Grayingat the gumline

No graying at the gum line

With titanium abutments for dental implants, the gray titanium metal can show through if your gums are thin or if the implant is on one of your front teeth. Zirconium abutments are tooth colored and prevent any graying at the gum line.
Durable& long lasting

Durable and long lasting

Developments in dental implant technology have led to the creation of zirconium abutments that are highly durable, which helps the dental implant to last longer.
ImprovedSpeech and Eating

Improved ability to speak and chew

A missing tooth can affect your natural speech patterns and may cause you to pronounce certain words incorrectly. It can also prevent you from being able to properly and fully chew your food before swallowing. Your dental implant will act just like a natural tooth so that you will be able to speak clearly and chew normally.
Guardsagainst tooth loss

Guards against further tooth or jawbone loss

When you lose a tooth, the alveolar bone that holds the tooth socket loses bone density due to the lack of tooth stimulation. Grafting a dental implant directly into the socket provides necessary stimulation by fusing to the bone, which stabilizes it and prevents further bone loss.
Independently supported

Independently supported instead of relying on surrounding tissues

A common alternative to dental implants are dental bridges, which are cemented to the surrounding teeth to anchor the false tooth. An implant is independently supported, which prevents jawbone loss, places far less stress on the surrounding teeth, and is easier to maintain.

The Dental Implant Procedure (Timeline)

stage-1 Stage 1

The dental implant is placed beneath the gums with a temporary tooth replacement over it. The implant is buried flush with the bone and is kept underneath the gums to protect it while the area heals and the implant bonds to the jawbone.

stage-2 Stage 2

Three to six months later, after the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a mold is taken to fabricate a custom abutment and crown. The abutment will be made of zirconium, and both the abutment and crown will be entirely metal-free.

stage-3 Stage 3

Two weeks later, the abutment and crown are placed to complete the permanent dental implant, restoring full functionality and appearance to your smile.

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Implants vs Bridge

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Both dental implants and bridges replace missing teeth, but the techniques and materials are different. For a dental bridge, crowns are placed on the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth, and a false tooth is suspended between the crowns. For a dental implant, an abutment is affixed into the jawbone and then fitted with a crown, and the adjacent teeth are untouched.

Implant vs. Bridge Comparison

Installation

Implant
3-stage process requiring several months of healing


Bridge
2-stage process that can be completed quickly

Performance

Implant
Functions and feels like a natural tooth


Bridge
Functions and feels like natural teeth

Hygiene

Implant
Can be brushed and flossed normally


Bridge
Requires bridge threader or another specialized tool for special care and hygiene maintenance

Appearance

Implant
Looks like a natural tooth


Bridge
Looks like natural teeth

Durability

Implant
Highly durable and fused to the jawbone


Bridge
Less durable than implants but still highly durable

Cost

Implant
Slightly more expensive initially


Bridge
Slightly less expensive initially

Effects on Other Teeth

Implant
No effect on surrounding teeth


Bridge
Bridge is cemented to surrounding teeth, removing their enamel and causing stress

Bone Loss

Implant
No risk of jawbone loss


Bridge
Jawbone loss can occur and may be noticeable

Risks

Implant
No risk of decay


Bridge
May increase risk of tooth decay for adjacent teeth and may need to be replaced in the event of tooth decay for an adjacent tooth

Longevity

Implant
Made to last for a lifetime


Bridge
Long lasting but are more likely to need replacement

How Dental Implants Work

Dr. Jamie Sands uses dental implants to restore your smile and tooth functionality with a customized approach and long lasting, highly durable, and natural-looking dental implants.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement. The implant bonds to the jawbone where the former tooth was. It is outfitted with an abutment and crown made to match the surrounding teeth with the correct size, shape, and color. Dental implants function just like natural teeth and should be cared for in the same way.

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First, the dental implant is placed beneath the gums with a temporary tooth replacement over it. Three to six months later, after the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a mold is taken to fabricate a custom abutment and crown. Two weeks later, the abutment and crown are placed to complete the permanent dental implant.

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Due to the use of anesthesia, placement of dental implants is not usually painful. Patients may take TYLENOL® or Advil® to help with any discomfort during the first few days after the implants have been placed.

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While dental implants are an excellent option for most people, they may not be the best option for everyone. For example, individuals with compromised immune systems or serious medical conditions may not be able to receive implants. Also, if a tooth has been lost for a long time, there may be too much bone and gum loss to place an implant without additional procedures. People who can’t afford the time and investment for implants or those whose neighboring teeth may need crowns or caps at some point may be better off getting a dental bridge. Acknowledging these exceptions, most individuals will still be best off with a dental implant, as they are highly durable, long lasting, easy to care for, and they function and look the most like natural teeth.

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