Do you hesitate when you smile? Are changes in your mouth holding you back from social activities or that job you have been wanting? Missing teeth will affect the aesthetics of your smile and daily oral functions, such as chewing and speaking. Dr. Timothy E. Mickiewicz offers both implant-supported dentures and full dentures to replace missing teeth and restore support to the muscles of the jaw.
Patients who choose implant-based prosthetics report a renewed natural appearance to the face, from enhanced support for the lips and cheeks. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, replacing missing teeth will increase your ability to eat many foods, as facial form and bite are better supported. Implants will also improve overall health, because your body can digest and absorb essential nutrients more effectively. To learn more about the benefits of dentures and dental implants, call our Sacramento, CA, office today.
What are dental implants?
An implant is a true root-and-crown replacement. The “root” is usually made of titanium (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees). The titanium assimilates perfectly with human bone tissue. A replacement tooth is then affixed to the post. Your new implant(s) will continue to stimulate bone growth. You never suffer the ill-effects of jawbone degeneration that is common with traditional dentures and partials.
Implants are the ideal solution to replace one or more missing teeth. If you are missing several teeth in a row, strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. If you have lost all of your teeth, we can permanently affix a full denture with a strategic number of implants (usually four to six per arch).
Implant-supported dentures are quickly taking the place of traditional dentures because they fit, feel, and function exactly as a full set of healthy teeth.
There are many advantages to implant-supported dentures, including:
- Non-removable, eliminating possibility of slippage
- Halt jawbone loss
- Restore facial structure
- Improve your smile, boosting self-esteem
- Ability to eat normally
The best candidates for implants are non-smoking patients in good oral health, with no signs of gum disease and a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw.
Additional Procedures and Services
Implant success is dependent on the quantity and quality of the bone at the implant site.
Dr. Mickiewicz performs prerequisite procedures to augment bone and ensure implant success. Poor bone quality occurs for a number of reasons, such as years of tooth loss, advanced periodontitis, or a thin sinus floor.
- Bone Grafting: Over time, bone loss or reabsorption occur when teeth have been missing, or due to the aging process. When the jawbone lacks sufficient tissue for implant placement, a bone graft or autograft is needed. We can use bone from another area of the body, such as the chin or back of the jaw, to graft into the insufficient area. Alternatively, we can order a graft from a tissue bank.
- Sinus Lift/Augmentation: The upper jaw is one of the most challenging areas to place dental implants because it is adjacent to the sinuses. Bone density and quality are often poor in this area. The sinus cavity is an air-filled space, and implants need a foundation of solid bone. A sinus lift, or augmentation/graft increases density in the lower bone of the sinuses, to ensure that implants cannot penetrate the cavity.
- Implant Site Development: If a tooth is extracted due to an infection, the now-empty socket may have suffered bone loss. In cases like this, we can place different types of bone grafting at the time of extraction, to enable the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
- Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: Dr. Mickiewicz uses special computer-enhanced software that allows him to evaluate a dental CT scan in three dimensions. He assesses for bone quality and quantity to determine the best possible location for your dental implants.
Once your dental implant restoration is complete, you must continue a daily brushing and flossing routine. Dental implants can collect plaque and tartar, just as teeth can. Whether you have one tooth replaced or several, a professional cleaning schedule will keep your implants healthy.
Which type of prosthetic is right for you? Find out now!
If you are in need of replacement teeth for the first time or you want to upgrade your dentures to implants, contact Dr. Mickiewicz now for a consultation appointment at (916) 457-7710.