The most functionally, structurally and aesthetically superior solution for a missing tooth or teeth.
Statistics provided by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Missing teeth cause more than just a gap
Missing teeth compromise your other teeth. Without the stability of teeth lining up against each other, your teeth will shift to try to fill the gap. This can cause teeth to become crooked and form new gaps between your teeth. Crooked teeth make cleaning and keeping your teeth and gums healthy, difficult. Chewing is compromised or potentially painful. All of this necessitates more dental, orthodontic and/or surgical procedures.
Missing teeth can mis-align your bite. Your upper and lower teeth want to line up with their counterparts. When your teeth hit each other in the wrong place while eating or talking due to a missing tooth or teeth above or below, you will increase the risk of chips or cracks to your healthy teeth.
Missing teeth cause bone loss. Empty sockets weaken the bone tissue and eventually leads to the bone tissues breaking down and wearing away.
Missing teeth change the shape of your face. Tooth loss destabilizes the entire structure of the jaw. Facial sagging alters your overall appearance resulting in premature aging.
Missing teeth can cause speech issues: Teeth play an important role in forming sounds. When teeth are missing, you may notice you’ll take on a lisp or slur.
Missing teeth can jeopardize your confidence. When you feel like smiling, you should! When we are unhappy with our smile, we get in the habit of not letting our light fully shine in the world. Sunshine Smiles is committed to the art and science of a beautiful smile because a smile you love positively impacts your life and the world around you.
A Penn State University Study confirmed that when you smile, you not only appear more likeable and courteous, but you’re also actually perceived as more competent.
Dental implants can be used as replacement for a single tooth, groups of teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. They can also be used to stabilize loose or ill-fitting dentures. In addition to placing and restoring dental implants, our oral surgery, prosthodontic and orthodontic specialists can team up to plan for and provide bone grafting, sinus lifts and root augmentations, depending on your needs and desired outcome.
Dental implants may be right for you if you have one or more missing teeth and:
- You want to replace a missing tooth or teeth to restore the structure of your jaw and bite
- You want your existing teeth to stay sound and natural looking
- You want to feel confident when you smile big
- You want to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy
- You want a longer lasting solution than the dental bridge alternative
- You want a solution that, over time, is more cost effective and avoids replacing
- You don’t want to have to grind down adjacent teeth to anchor bridges or attach dentures
- You want a solution that doesn’t compromise other teeth like a dental bridge can
- You want to be able to enjoy eating any type of foods
- You’re dealing with the struggles that come with ill-fitting partial or full dentures
- You have a speech impediment that may be corrected with dental implant placement
Why dental implants work so well
When a tooth or teeth are missing, your jawbone loses the stability of the missing tooth roots. Implants act as the tooth root. They are placed deep in the jawbone, resulting in stimulating the bone to grow. Rather than interfering with jawbone growth, implants actually assist it. This is the benefit of dental implants over dental bridges and dentures. The integrity of your jawbone and your neighboring teeth become exponentially better.
Dental implants are made of a titanium post. Titanium is the most biocompatible material known to man.
Your titanium post provides a sturdy structure to help maintain the position of your remaining teeth. Once surgically placed, an artificial tooth, known as a crown, is placed on top. When positioning and structure is corrected and solid, it allows for natural chewing and biting without sacrificing your other teeth.
The titanium in the implant fuses with your jawbone. Because of this, the implants won’t slip, make noise or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. The materials cannot decay like your own teeth that tend to be compromised while supporting regular bridgework. Dental implants are a superior solution to a missing tooth or teeth.
What to expect
- FREE Consultation to include 3D X-rays and exam
- Unique Course of Treatment Plan
- Damaged tooth extraction if necessary
- Jawbone preparation (bone grafting), when needed
- Dental implant placement (titanium post)
- Bone growth stimulation and healing
- Abutment placement (what your crown will attach to)
- Impression taken by digital photo scanning (much faster and less messy than traditional mold) to make your unique crown
- Artificial tooth (crown) placement
- Smile Big!
Pain and Anxiety Free
Sunshine Smiles’ ability to provide a stress and pain free experience is unparalleled. Depending on the phase you are in to complete your dental implants, you and your specialist will decide on the level of sedation you require for relaxed, pain free procedures. You will also discuss if you may need any pain management prescribed or recommended immediately after any of your procedures. Your specialist will go over all of the guidelines and recommendations for taking good oral care of yourself, before, during and after you’ve received your dental implant(s) and smile restoring crown.
When bone grafting is required
The condition of your jawbone determines how to proceed forward to your dental implant(s). Patients who seek dental implant placement but have insufficient jawbone structure may benefit and/or require undergoing a jawbone graft in order for the dental implant process to be successful. The procedure involves strengthening the jawbone with a surgical graft to provide more bone structure. Our ability to use 3D x-ray will ensure we know exactly what level of procedure(s) you will need.
If you’re experiencing bone loss due to extended tooth loss, severe gum disease or other factors leading to insufficient jawbone structure, it is imperative we set you up for success by properly supporting the implant to allow for the pressure you will put on your jawbone while chewing. A bone graft allows for a solid base for your dental implant to achieve a strong, natural as possible result.
Dental Implants can be a new lease on life!
Your results will be natural looking and functionally confident. Being able to chew, eat whatever you want and keep your teeth clean and healthy with a full, natural to you smile, all while keeping your existing teeth healthy, can look and feel transformative for most people.
Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an investment in a longer lasting, functionally, structurally and aesthetically superior result. Your unique circumstances will determine the complexity, length of time and types of procedures and materials required to get you the results you need and want.
Book your consultation today
Sunshine Smiles is here to support your family’s dental, orthodontic, cosmetic, restorative and oral surgery needs. We stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the art and science of a beautiful smile through technology, experience and passion for what we do.
It starts with booking an appointment for you or your child now. Call us directly at 845-592-2292 or fill out our contact form, and we will call you directly during business hours. We will answer any questions you have, get your insurance verified if you have it and get you or your child on the path to health and smiling big!