Single Dental Implants
What’s a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth; nothing looks more natural or lasts longer.
The implant is a screw made from medical grade titanium that replaces your tooth root by being implanted into your jaw bone. Secured to the implant is the abutment and this connects the implant to the crown, (tooth). Your crown is crafted to match your remaining teeth and all together your dental implant restores natural function and appearance.
Implants are permanent, so there’s no taking them in and out. Gone are the days of cavities, simply maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and dental cleanings.
When performed by an experienced dental implant specialist, your implants can last a lifetime.
Parts of a dental implant: crown, abutment, titanium implant w/ crown
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
- Is eating painful?
- Are your teeth on the verge of falling out?
- Do you wear dentures?
- Are you missing even just one tooth?
Do any of these sound familiar? Then you very well may an candidate for dental implants. Most healthy patients will have the necessary amount of gums and bone needed for the implant to properly secure to.
Sometimes patients who are long term smokers or suffer from diabetes, for example, have a less than an ideal amount of bone. If you fall into this category you’re not excluded from being a candidate for this specialized procedure. Certain measures can be taken to improve your chances of success – bone grafting, extended healing periods, and a conservative surgical approach.
4M Dental Implant Center offers FREE, no obligation consultations. Come in for an evaluation and Dr. Sean will discuss your best course of action.
“Do it. Don’t just think about it, or hem and haw, or I don’t know, I don’t know. Just do it. I mean, what else are you going to do? If it’s going to brighten your smile, make you feel better–do it.” ~Bruce, full mouth 4M Dental Implants patient
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- They look so real you won’t be able to tell they’re not your natural teeth—and neither will anyone else. (Take a look at before and after’s of Dr. Sean’s work.)
- Implants keep your jaw bone healthy and strong and retain your jawline.
- You’ll enjoy a more youthful appearance.
- You’ll smile confidently.
- Implants are permanent and won’t embarrassingly slip when you speak.
- Improved speech and comfort.
- They’re not bulky.
- Regain the ability to chew. Chewing is an important part of digestion, which aids in your overall health.
- Enjoy your all your favorite dishes. Taste all your favorite foods!
- Minimal maintenance – brush your teeth, use a water pik, and come in for your routine cleanings. No adhesives needed.
- Improved oral health.
- There’s no hassle of taking your teeth in and out everyday—they are a part of your mouth.
- Your implants won’t rub painfully on your gums like dentures do.
- With proper care they can last a lifetime.
- Stop hiding behind your hands.
- Feel a surge in self-confidence.
- Say cheese! Take selfies, and stand front and center in family pictures.
- Say “Yes” to dinner invitations, because eating, talking, and laughing won’t be a problem.
- Your smile will light up the room.
- Laugh, smile, share a story. Eat and drink like everyone else.
- Make a positive, lasting first impression.
- Go for that promotion at work.
- A traditional or an electric toothbrush are okay to use on your teeth—just make sure the bristles are soft.
- Simply brush your teeth like normal and use a water pik to keep your new teeth in great shape.
- No more cavities!
- Keep up with your regularly scheduled cleanings and we’ll honor a lifetime warranty on your dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure – What to Expect?
You’ll meet with Dr. Sean who will evaluate you for dental implant surgery. Do you need tooth extractions or bone grafts? He’ll answer all your questions and discuss your treatment plan.
An incision is made into your gum and a hole is drilled into you jaw bone where the implant is screwed into. For an implant in the back of the mouth a healing cap is placed over the top while your bone and gums recover from surgery. For implants placed towards the front of the mouth a temporary tooth called a ‘flipper’ is secured to the implant until you’re all healed and ready to receive your final crown.
Swelling, tenderness, bruising are to be expected, and there may be a little blood. Any excessive bleeding or pain and you should give us a call right away.
4 – 6 months is the time is generally takes for your body to completely heal from surgery. During this time the swelling in your bone and gums is subsiding and the implant is integrating with your bone. This process is called ‘osseointegration’ and the paramount for a successful dental implant surgery.
I was extremely nervous to get my dental implant with local anesthesia, but from the start of my appointment, everyone on Dr. Sean’s staff ensured that I was comfortable and in great hands. They are all professional and genuine when they say that everything will be alright. ~John
How to Care for Your Dental Implants
Implants are easy to care for, very little maintenance is needed. Brush and floss like you normally do and use a water pik. Stay current with all your dental checkups.
Following surgery you may need to come into the office a few extra times so that we can make sure everything is healing correctly.
We guarantee our work! If you come into 4M Dental Implant Center for all your regular dental checkups we’ll honor a lifetime warranty on the implants.