Dental implants are a solution for missing teeth that go beyond just replacing the tooth itself. Made from durable, biocompatible titanium, dental implants are screw-shaped posts that mimic the form and function of natural tooth roots, and are placed directly into the jawbone. They can provide support for a variety of restorations, from single crowns to full mouth reconstructions, and with the proper care, can last 25 years to life.
When you’re missing a tooth, your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by chewing forces. This leads to bone resorption, or bone loss. Dental implants effectively stop the progression of bone resorption by stimulating the jaw in the same way as natural tooth roots.
Natural looking and feeling
Won’t move or shift in your mouth
Halts the progression of bone loss
Can replace one or more teeth
The most common type of dental implant, single-teeth can be restored to their full function with a single implant paired with a dental crown. They last longer than alternative restorations, like traditional bridges or partial dentures, while requiring less specialized care and offering more benefits to your overall oral health.
If you’re missing two or more teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge may be right for you. One or more dental implants will provide support for a bridge without requiring the removal of any healthy enamel, as is necessary for traditional bridge placement.
Sometimes referred to as overdentures, or snap-in dentures, implant-retained dentures can replace a full arch of missing teeth, and are removable just like traditional dentures. However, instead of relying on friction, suction, or adhesives to stay in place, implant-retained dentures are secured by 2 or more dental implants, so they will feel more natural and won’t slide around like their traditional counterparts.
All-on-X (often referred to as All-on-4) is a fixed replacement option for patients who are missing a full arch of teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, All-on-X restorations are supported by 4 or more dental implants, making them one of the most secure, stable, natural-looking and long-lasting full-mouth restorations. Because they are not removable at home, you won't need to take them out at night like you would with traditional dentures or even implant-retained dentures.
If you’ve been missing teeth for a long time or have preexisting oral health issues, such as gum disease, you may not have adequate bone density to support dental implants. However, bone grafts may be used to provide the necessary structure to make you a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Grimard will evaluate your oral health and speak with you about your goals to determine if implants are right for you. If you require any preparatory care, he’ll make recommendations and outline a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
Regular hygiene and maintenance visits are essential to the long term success of your dental implant. While it’s true that dental implants won’t succumb to decay like natural teeth, the gums surrounding the implant site can still develop an infection or gum disease. It’s also important to keep an eye on how the surrounding tissue and bone bond with the implants.
IV conscious sedation is delivered directly into your bloodstream via an IV, and allows you to enter a deeply relaxed state. You may even fall asleep during your treatment, though you will remain conscious enough to be woken up or respond to questions or commands. When used in combination with local anesthetics, IV conscious sedation can ensure your visit is a relaxing experience, free from pain or anxiety.
The effects of IV conscious sedation do last for several hours after administration, so you will need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment.
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is the lightest form of sedation available, and can keep you calm during your treatment. With little to no side effects, laughing gas is administered through a mask that goes over your nose, and takes effect almost immediately, melting away your anxieties. Laughing gas produces feelings of euphoria and drowsiness, but you will still be able to answer questions and respond to commands.
Once your procedure is complete, oxygen will flow through the mask, removing any remaining sedative, and the effects will wear off within minutes. You can even drive yourself home from your appointment.