When it comes to your smile, keeping it healthy also means keeping it beautiful. Missing teeth can take away from your smile’s aesthetics, as well as the proper function to be able to speak and chew normally. Replacing missing teeth should be a top priority for your dental health, overall health, and self-esteem. Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists are pleased to offer patients both dental implants and implant-secured dentures in Palm Desert, CA, and are excited to help you restore your smile and confidence!
Replacing Any Number of Missing Teeth
Whether you are looking to replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth, our team is ready to make that happen for you. There is a common misconception that you need an implant to replace each tooth. Six to 8 teeth can provide support for a fixed denture replacing 12-14 teeth. While a dental implant replaces the root of a tooth, when numerous teeth are missing, bridges are sometimes the solution.
We can place dental implants whether you are missing 2 teeth, 4 teeth, an entire arch or even all your teeth, for example, by using two crowns attached to each other to fill in the space. For three or four consecutive teeth, we will use a fixed bridge to replace missing teeth, and the supporting teeth are dental implants. An implant will be placed on both sides of the space in your mouth, complete with crowns that are attached to other crowns that sit on your gums. Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with a partial denture. But instead of metal clasps holding them in place, dental implants will be placed to support your dentures. This makes the dentures fit more securely and last longer. If you need help filling in an entire arch, we can do this with full dentures being held in place with multiple implant posts. You won’t need denture adhesive because implant-supported dentures just snap onto the implant posts!
Dental Implant Benefits
The benefits of choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth are many! Probably the number one reason patients opt to have dental implants is that they provide a stable replacement tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. They can effectively improve your appearance by filling the unsightly gap of a missing tooth in your smile. They help restore your speech and ease of talking and make eating easier than ever, and you can eat all your favorite healthy foods, benefiting your general health! Dental implants don’t decay or need root canals and are much stronger than your natural teeth. Dental implants are the ultimate tooth replacement that works to improve your self-esteem while also benefiting your oral health. When implants are in function, they preserve the bone and avoids bone atrophy that happens when a tooth is removed and not replaced with an implant. Dental implants beautifully give you the smile you desire to eat what you want and smile without hesitation. Our patients have been highly pleased with their dental implants, restoring their smile so they can smile once again with confidence.
Dental Implants Can Support One Crown, a Bridge or Fixed or Removable Denture
Dental implants are high-quality tooth replacement options that are secure and have a natural feeling in the mouth. The implant replaces a tooth’s root, giving it a stable foundation, mimicking the natural tooth as it is surgically implanted and later connected to a dental crown. As the bone fuses with the biocompatible titanium implant, there is a biological bond as the implant “root” takes hold through osseointegration. Once healed and the implant is paired with a crown, bridge, or denture, the result is a stable tooth replacement allowing you to smile with confidence.
Dental implants restore your teeth to look and feel like your natural teeth. Instead of wearing removable dentures that can slip in the mouth when eating or speaking, implant-supported dentures anchor them securely into your jaw for optimal fit and comfort to restore your healthy smile.
Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are highly successful if you are in good general and dental health. You must also have sufficient jaw bone in width and height and high bone density to be able to hold the implant, as well as have healthy gums that are not struggling with periodontal disease. The reason for this is that your new dental implants will be working within your gum tissue and underlying oral bone material to keep it securely in place for years to come.
What You Can Expect With a Dental Implant
First, Dr. Nicholas will consult with you, reviewing your medical and dental history so she can assess your oral health. With the help of dental X-rays and sometimes a CT scan, Dr. Nicholas can get a clear picture of your jaw bone density and availability, which is vital for holding any dental implants in place.
Your treatment plan will be based on your physical and financial needs. There are different types of implants. Implant types include root form implants (Endosteal, which have the highest success rate), Subperiosteal implants, mini implants and blade implants. Dr. Nicholas will determine which implants are best for your particular situation. After the surgical implantation of your implants, your jaw will require a healing period of 3-5 months as the implant and bone fuses.
Restoring Your Smile
Under Dr. Nicholas’s experienced and specialized care, your dental implant will be a high-quality treatment, with her in-depth knowledge, training, and experience to ensure your implant is a resounding success. Working with our prosthodontist, Dr. Alfano, at the same office location, Dr. Nicholas will provide you with a dental implant experience you will love!
Having a team of specialists under one roof completing your implant treatment from beginning to the end makes a big difference in the long-lasting results of your treatment.
Dr. Nicholas accepts insurance in Palm Desert, California, and is pleased to serve the following areas: La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, and neighboring communities of the Coachella Valley. Call Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry today at 760-851-0314 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team!