Your Comprehensive Guide to Dental Implants at Transcend Specialized Dentistry
Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, offering a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for tooth loss. At Transcend Specialized Dentistry, we combine expert knowledge with innovative technology to deliver exceptional dental implant treatment. Here’s everything you need to know about dental implants:
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made from biocompatible materials like titanium, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. These implants serve as the foundation for replacement teeth, known as crowns, which are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color, shape, and size.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are suitable for adults who are in good general health and have healthy gums. Patients need sufficient bone density in their jaw to support the implant. However, even if bone loss is an issue, advanced procedures such as bone grafting may make dental implant treatment a possibility. Each patient’s situation is unique, and we conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
What Does the Dental Implant Process Involve?
The dental implant process involves several steps:
Initial consultation and examination: We evaluate your oral health, take necessary X-rays or 3D images using our cone-beam CT scanner (CBCT), discuss your goals and expectations, and formulate a personalized treatment plan.
Implant placement: The dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. This procedure is done under local anesthesia, and sedation options are available for patient comfort. Our implants are placed after careful planning using advanced digital technology, and the fabrication of a 3D printed surgical guide to ensure the implant is placed precisely and accurately.
Healing and integration (osseointegration): The implant will gradually fuse with your jawbone over several months. This process, known as osseointegration, provides a strong base for your new tooth.
Crown placement: Once osseointegration is complete, digital impressions are taken and sent to our in-house lab, where your custom crown is designed and fabricated. The final step is attaching the crown to the abutment. We ensure it fits comfortably and blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options:
- Aesthetics: They look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
- Durability: With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
- Preservation of oral health: They prevent bone loss, maintain facial structure, and don’t require altering adjacent teeth.
- Restoration of function: They restore your ability to chew and speak comfortably.
How Should I Care for My Dental Implants?
Dental implant care is similar to natural teeth care. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential. Despite being artificial, it’s crucial to maintain the health of the surrounding gums and bone.
What about the Cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary greatly depending on numerous factors, including the number of implants, the need for additional procedures like bone grafting, and the specifics of your unique situation. We provide a detailed cost estimate during your consultation.
Our Edge: In-House Laboratory and Advanced Technology
Transcend Specialized Dentistry boasts an in-house laboratory, which allows us to ensure quality control and speed up the treatment process. Our specialists and lab technicians work in close collaboration, optimizing the precision and customization of your dental implants planning and restorations.
We also leverage advanced technology like 3D imaging for accurate implant placement and digital impressions for precise crown fabrication. This ensures optimal outcomes in terms of aesthetics, comfort, and long-term success.
Navigating the world of dental implants can feel daunting, but our team at Transcend Specialized Dentistry is here to guide you every step of the way. Our goal is to provide you with personalized, top-quality care that restores your smile and your confidence.