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At Deerfoot Dental, we know tooth loss can be a difficult experience. Traditional prosthetic tooth replacements like bridges and dentures are not the only options for your personal smile restoration. If you decide dental implants are the choice for you, Dr. Grovenstein can refer you to a trusted dental implant provider in the area for initial implant placement, and then complete your implant restoration in our office, ensuring you have the best care throughout the process.
Dental implants have truly revolutionized the dental industry as we know it. Traditionally, replacement teeth (bridges and dentures) only included the crown or visible portion of the tooth, leaving the tooth root – an essential component of a healthy, functional smile and jawbone – completely absent.
Without the tooth root, underlying jawbone will begin to deteriorate or atrophy, leading to many problems. A shrinking jawbone can change your alignment and bite, which in turn cause pain in the form of TMJ, headaches, or migraines. Bone loss in the jaw eventually will change the shape of your face, causing that sunken-in appearance you’ve seen in people with missing teeth.
Dental implants are small posts or screws – typically constructed from biocompatible and durable titanium – that are surgically inserted into the gums and jawbone. Dental implants replace the root of a lost tooth, helping to preserve the healthy jawbone and serve as an anchor for a stable and functional new tooth or set of teeth. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth with an implant and a crown, multiple missing teeth with an implant supported bridge, or a full set of teeth with implant-supported dentures.
Dr. Grovenstein assesses your individual dental case at your initial consultation for Invisalign—every case is different. Not only can the Invisalign system reduce crowding and minimize unwanted gaps in teeth, it has the capability to correct crossbite, open bite, overbite and underbite. Invisalign isn’t appropriate for every situation, but it can help many!
The dental implant process begins with a consultation with Dr. Grovenstein to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. To be a candidate for dental implants, patients must have relatively good health and sufficient jawbone density to host the implant. If you don’t have enough jawbone density, we may be able to perform a bone graft to supplement the jawbone, depending on your individual case.
Once given the green light, we will refer you to a trusted dental implant specialist or implantologist in Clay to schedule an appointment for surgical placement. After your implants are placed, a healing period of three to six months is required to ensure optimum healing and jawbone integration. Titanium fuses with the jawbone as it would a natural tooth root, creating a sturdy, fully-integrated base for your new tooth or teeth.
After the healing period, you will return to Dr. Grovenstein at Deerfoot Dental to have your final implant restoration secured. Whether you need a single-tooth crown, a bridge constructed of multiple teeth, or a full set of implant-supported dentures, we will ensure you have the best care throughout the process and leave with a complete, healthy new smile.
Implant supported dentures are a far cry from the dentures of your grandparents’ generation. With implant supported dentures, you can say goodbye to messy adhesives and removing your dentures overnight for cleaning and soaking. Implant supported dentures are designed to mimic your natural teeth in every way – from enjoying your favorite foods to maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine. Dental implants lock dentures in place for a more secure fit and a healthy jawbone, so you can get back to living your life without worrying about your dentures.
If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your Deerfoot Dental, Dr. Grovenstein at Deerfoot Dental, give us a call today at (205) 810-0844 or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to see you smile!