Excellent Support for Dentures, Bridges and Crowns
If you have lost teeth, dental implants placed by Dr. Damien Armstrong at his Chattanooga practice can provide excellent support for dentures, bridges and crowns. These small titanium posts are anchored in the jaw bone, providing support that is as dependable and strong as natural tooth roots. Placing dental implants requires two surgeries and three to six months of healing time, but can provide a lifetime of functionality and comfort. Dr. Armstrong takes part in continuing education in this revolutionary treatment, and is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). To learn more about dental implants, contact our Chattanooga practice serving East Brainerd and surrounding communities today.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be a very wise investment in your oral health, confidence, and overall quality of life. This is especially true for denture wearers. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, held in place with a mild adhesive. However, they can easily slip out of place when eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, remain firmly in place throughout all normal day-to-day activity. If you are in need of a dental bridge or partial dentures, dental implants provide a supremely functional alternative to using a wire or splint, or adjacent dental crowns, for support.
Another important benefit of dental implants is that they can actually help you retain bone mass in your jaw. If treatment is delayed for too long, the body begins resorbing bone cells at the site where a tooth is lost, weakening the jaw. However, the body perceives implants as tooth roots, halting this process and preserving the strength of the jaw.
If you are a non-smoker who needs all or several of your teeth replaced, you may be a candidate for dental implants. You must also have adequate bone mass in your jaw. If you lack the necessary bone mass, a bone graft may be performed to accommodate the implant. Similarly, if you require implants in your upper jaw, a sinus lift may be necessary. This is a process of grafting bone to the upper jaw, and "lifting" the sinus cavities so that the implant will not interfere with them. Preliminary x-rays will reveal if either of these preliminary procedures are necessary.
The initial surgery begins with a local anesthetic to ensure your best possible comfort during the procedure. A small incision is made in the gums, exposing the jaw bone. A small pilot hole is drilled into the bone, and the threaded implant is inserted. Next, the gum is stitched closed over the implant. Over the next three to six months, a process called osseointegration takes place, in which the bone fuses to the implant. Once this process is complete, you will return for a second surgery. A special abutment attached to the implant, which will serve as the point of connection with your restoration. Finally, the necessary molds of your teeth and gums will be taken to begin creating your dentures, bridge, or crown.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you would like to learn more about implants and how they can restore your smile, contact our Chattanooga practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Armstrong.
"Dr. Armstrong is absolutely the best dentist I have ever been to! He is very gentle and thorough. I have been very unhappy with my teeth for a long time and he was able to to fix every concern I had. This is a Dentist that cares!"Melissa R.