It is our goal to keep your mouth healthy, your teeth fully functional, and your smile bright — and we are proud of all the services we offer to do exactly that. At the same time, we want you to understand all that modern dentistry in general has to offer you. To that end, we have assembled a first-rate dental library in which you can find a wealth of information on various dental topics, including:

Cosmetic general dentistryCosmetic & General Dentistry

From a thorough professional cleaning to a full smile makeover, there is an amazing array of services that cosmetic and general dentists offer to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. If your smile is not all you want it to be, this is the place to start. Read more about Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

EndodonticsEndodontics

This is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inside of the tooth — specifically the root canals and sensitive, inner pulp (nerve) tissue. When this tissue becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal procedure may become necessary. But contrary to the popular myth, a root canal doesn't cause pain, it relives it. Read more about Endodontics.

Implant DentistryImplant Dentistry

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that naturally deteriorates when even one tooth is lost. Read more about Implant Dentistry.

Oral HealthOral Health

Oral health is an essential component of general health and well-being. Good oral health means a mouth that's free of disease; a bite that functions well enough for you to eat without pain and get ample nutrition; and a smile that lets you express your happiest emotions with confidence. Read more about Oral Health.

Oral HygieneOral Hygiene

A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene at home, and coming to the dental office for routine cleanings and exams, you have the best chance of making this goal a reality. Read more about Oral Hygiene.

Oral SurgeryOral Surgery

The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period. However, the experience of having oral surgery is usually very different from that. Some common oral surgery procedures include: tooth extractions, dental implant placement, and biopsies of suspicious oral lesions. Read more about Oral Surgery.

OrthodonticsOrthodontics

Adults and kids alike can benefit from the boost in self-confidence that comes from having a great-looking smile with beautifully aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can even improve chewing, speaking and oral hygiene in certain cases. And with today's virtually invisible orthodontic appliances, it's possible to keep your treatment a private matter… until your new smile is unveiled, of course! Read more about Orthodontics.

Pediatric DentistryPediatric Dentistry

It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is the primary focus of pediatric dentistry. Read more about Pediatric Dentistry.

Periodontal TherapyPeriodontal Therapy

If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Read more about Periodontal Therapy.

TechnologyTechnology

In the field of dentistry, new technology is constantly changing the way diseases are diagnosed, routine procedures are performed, and illnesses are prevented. Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients. Read more about Technology.

 

 

Options for replacing all teeth with dental implants.

If you have lost an entire arch of teeth (top and/or bottom), or are soon to have your remaining teeth removed because they are too unhealthy to save, you have three choices for implant-supported tooth replacement:

  • Fixed bridgework, which is a set of lifelike dental crowns that serve as permanent replacements for your missing teeth. This is ideal for those who have not yet experienced the loss of jawbone density and volume that is inevitable with tooth loss. Learn more about implant-supported fixed bridgework.
  • Fixed dentures, which, like bridgework, are never taken out of the mouth but contain not only replacement teeth but also replacement gum tissue. This works well for those who have experienced loss of gum tissue height and bone and want to prevent further deterioration while restoring a youthful facial appearance. Learn more about implant-supported fixed dentures.
  • Removable dentures, which hook onto two or more dental implants so they won't slip while you're wearing them and also offer protection against deterioration of the jawbone. Learn more about implant-supported removable dentures.

How It Works

Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: They anchor the replacement teeth to your jawbone. Just like natural tooth roots, they lie under the gum line and therefore are not visible in the mouth. Only the lifelike prosthetic teeth or removable denture attached to them can be seen by you or anyone else. Because dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has the unique ability to fuse to living bone, they are extremely stable and reliable (Learn More).

So do you need one implant for every tooth you are replacing? Definitely not. Replacing an arch of teeth with dental implants is somewhat like building a roadway bridge. You wouldn't need to put a support under every foot of road; you'd only need enough to ensure the bridge can hold up under normal stresses. Likewise, your implant teeth will be subjected to the stresses of biting and chewing, and need to be planned accordingly. Each individual has unique conditions; depending on the volume and density of the bone in your jaw, you will need as few as four and as many as six for your implant teeth to function as well as a set of healthy, natural teeth. A removable lower denture can be supported with as few as two implants; an upper removable denture will ideally need four to achieve stability.

What to Expect

The surgery to place dental implants is a simple, routine procedure carried out in the dental office under local anesthesia in most cases. If you need to have failing teeth removed, that will be done first. After numbing the area, the appropriate number of implants will be placed in your jaw at precisely planned angles and positions to maximize support and avoid anatomical structures such as nerves and sinuses. Depending on how many implants you will need, the surgery can take anywhere from one to three hours. Most people who have dental implants placed find that any post-operative discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Some don't even need to take that.

What happens immediately after surgery will depend on what's best to promote healing in your case. Sometimes a set of temporary teeth can be attached immediately, so that you can leave the office with new teeth; a few months later, your permanent replacement teeth with be installed. In other cases, the implants will be left to heal for several months before any teeth are attached. Sometimes that is the best way to insure that the implants remain undisturbed as they go through the process of fusing to your jawbone, which is known as osseointegration.

In either case, you will need to go easy on your newly placed implants during the crucial healing phase following surgery. We will instruct you to eat a softer diet and avoid hard, chewy foods until the process of osseointegration is complete — about two to three months. While this may seem like a long time, keep in mind that people who wear removable dentures without implants often avoid these foods permanently. The good news is that once your implants have fused to your jawbone and your new teeth are attached, you will be able to eat anything you want. In fact, you are likely to forget you even have dental implants!

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