Replace Missing Teeth in Las Vegas, NV
Losing a tooth, particularly a front tooth, is a traumatic experience. It alters your ability to chew and how you feel about yourself, your confidence, your self-esteem. It can even alter your lifestyle and affect us socially and professionally.
The common questions are: What can you do about it? What are your options? What if I don’t do anything?
- Dental implants are a proven solution for people in generally good health who have lost one or more teeth due to gum disease, bad luck, accidents, or other reasons.
- Dental Implants are one of the most predictable and conservative ways of replacing missing teeth with the best long term success. They are the most successful long term of any functional medical implant.
- Implants are an artificial replacement for missing tooth roots that are placed into the jaw bone and are used to support new teeth/crowns.
- Dental Implants have the look, feel and function of natural teeth and can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.
Dental implants are available in several different forms. The choice of which is based on a number of different factors based on patient needs. The most common type of implant mimics the root of a tooth.
The implants are placed under the gum and into the bone at a surgical appointment in the dental office with local anesthesia. Healing times vary but typically range from 6 weeks to 6 months. Advancements in technology have made it possible where in many situations the teeth can be placed on the dental implants immediately allowing the patient to leave the surgery with teeth in place. The implants are not healed of course and special precautions during healing must be followed but these new technologies cut considerable time off of treatment as compared to even just a few years ago.
The most recent advancement is to use pre-surgical 3-D simulations with high tech computer software and x-ray analysis to plan the teeth, the actual surgery, and the implant locations. This combination allows for the advanced procedure “Teeth in an Hour-Instant Teeth.” After healing, the final teeth are attached to the implants in various ways based on the patient’s desires and dental needs. The total process generally takes from 4 weeks to nine months to complete. In very complex cases which are fortunately rare, there are only a handful of dentists like Balle & Associates that can provide most treatment from start to finish. These cases can take a year or more to complete.
The implant is made of a biocompatible material called titanium, which can not decay and does not need root canal therapy.
One great advantage of implants is that they stimulate and preserve the jaw bone and prevent it from eroding over time causing facial changes related to tooth loss. Not only are implants a “third set of teeth” but they keep your bone structure healthy. Just like your muscles must be exercised to stay strong, your bone must be exercised by chewing pressures through the teeth or implants for the bone to stay strong and not dissolve away. If it has dissolved away, bone grafting is often required. This complicates treatment and increases cost so the sooner the implant treatment is performed after tooth loss the better off you will be.