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Dental Implants: Can they help you?


      Replace a front or back tooth                         Stabilize an upper or lower denture


If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to restore your ability to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence, then dental implants may be right for you. Perhaps your dentures don't fit as securely or comfortably as they once did. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. If any of these situations keep you from feeling good about yourself and your smile, dental implants may be a solution for you. Technological advancements in dental materials and techniques have improved the success rate of implants, enabling many patients to enjoy comfort and confidence in their oral health.


What are dental implants?


Implants come in different sizes

Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots. They are made out of biocompatible metal which integrates with the bone in your jaw. Dental implants are of two basic designs. They can either be shaped like a screw or a cylinder. The implant is the anchor system into which an insert is placed. The insert passes through the gum tissue and is exposed in the mouth. The insert is the portion of the implant system on which the dental restoration is fabricated.


What do dental implants do?


Replace a single tooth or multiple teeth                             


Dental implants provide for non-removable tooth replacements in the toothless jaw. They can provide support for a full denture, making it more secure and comfortable. Dental implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need for a removable partial denture. They can also assist in the replacement of a single tooth without the need to alter the adjacent natural teeth.


What is treatment like?


                Implants with healing collars       Abutment Placement           Final Crowns


The treatment will be done in the dental office using a local anesthetic to ensure the comfort of the patient during treatment. The first step is placing the implants into the jaw bone. After this surgical treatment, the bone in the jaw attaches to the implants, holding them firmly in place. The attachment of bone to the implant usually takes four to six months. The second stage of the treatment is the uncovering or activation of the implant. At this time the top of the implant is uncovered so that the healing screw can be removed and a metal cylinder or post screwed into position. After this second surgical treatment, it takes several weeks for the gum to heal. The third stage of the therapy is the part everyone wants the most, the permanent tooth, teeth or denture are securely attached to the inserted cylinders or posts.




Problems with bridges to replace missing teeth.

1.  The teeth on either side of the missing tooth have to be stripped of enamel.

2.  Stripping the enamel can cause these teeth to become non-vital.

3.  Non-vital teeth require root canals to save them and the bridge.

4.  Root canal treated teeth become brittle with time and fracture.

5.  When a tooth fractures it has to be extracted.

6.  To extract the tooth the bridge has to be sectioned and removed.

7.  Now you are missing 2 teeth.


Dental implants can support replacement teeth in much the same way as tooth roots support natural teeth. Dental implants provide an alternative to a denture that wobbles, clicks or causes pain. In addition, dental implants can prevent embarrassment about spaces from missing teeth. You can again smile and speak with confidence, and enjoy your favorite foods. Dental implants have a success rate of greater than 90%. Let dental implants put the teeth back into your smile!


Would I benefit from a dental implant?


                    Replace a Central Incisor        Replace a Cuspid         Replace a Bicuspid





Replacing retention for dentures where there is a lack of adequate bone.


Although dental implants have brought a comfortable, confident smile to many patients, they are not for everyone. The ideal candidate has good general health, good oral health and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. Dr. Kucaba can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you. Essential to the decision is a comprehensive dental examination. During the exam, Dr. Kucaba will review your medical and dental history, thoroughly examine your oral tissues, supporting bone in the jaw, and check the way your teeth fit together when you bite. X-rays and models will be taken and analyzed. After this careful examination, Dr. Kucaba will discuss your implant options. He will also discuss the benefits, risks and possible alternative treatments. All this information is vital to help you make the appropriate choice.


Let Dental Implants put the Teeth back in your Smile!

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