Dental implants are considered the most natural functioning and stable solution for the replacement of missing teeth, including securing dentures and bridges. Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba are both members of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and offer complete services for dental implants in our Longmeadow dentist office.
We will meet with you to determine that you are a good candidate for dental implants, taking time to evaluate all aspects of your oral and overall health as well as to discuss your cosmetic goals. While most patients are candidates for dental implants, long term success requires a sufficient amount of healthy jaw bone and good general health. We offer alternative tooth replacement options for patients with overall health concerns that may compromise their treatment results, including cosmetic dentures and dental bridges.
At Pioneer Valley Dental Arts in Longmeadow, Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba offer skilled, experienced care for replacing missing teeth with all types of dental implants, including All On Four for securing a denture. For patients who have been suffering with loose or poor fitting dentures, this can be a life changing treatment option that will restore a comfortable smile.
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Why Choose Dental Implants?
A missing tooth, or several missing teeth, can have a ripple effect on both oral health and daily quality of life. Replacing your teeth with the most natural functioning option will not only provide the best aesthetics, but also enable you to restore the ability to eat, speak and enjoy life with confidence in your smile.
There are several key benefits of implants to consider when choosing a tooth replacement treatment:
- Reduce bone loss and shrinkage in the jaw
- Stabilizes dental health
- Allows a varied, healthy diet and the ability to chew comfortably
- Enables normal speech
- No daily maintenance and adhesives
- No fear of your teeth “falling out”
Dental Implant Process
During your initial consultation, Dr. Evans or Dr. Zimeba will discuss your schedule of visits and go over all aspects of the dental implant process.
Dental implants are a multi step process taking place over a period of several months to allow for adequate healing between procedures. If a tooth extraction is necessary, this will be scheduled prior to the implantation of the titanium post in the jaw.
In most cases, the surgical implantation of the titanium post will be completed in our Longmeadow dentist office. For more complex cases, you may be referred to a local oral surgeon for treatment.
After 3-6 moths, or once the bone and soft tissues have healed completely, we will attach the abutment, or connector, for the dental crown which will serve ad your new tooth. This part of the process is a brief office visit, during which a temporary crown may be placed to restore full function. Impressions will be taken to ensure your new crown will fit comfortably and blend with your natural teeth.
The final step in the process is the permanent placement of the dental crown. Combined with the implanted post, your new dental implant functions much like a natural tooth and tooth root, supporting your long term oral health.
Dental Implant Treatment Options
Dental implants have evolved to offer patients the ability to replace one, several or all missing teeth with permanent, secure results. Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba offer the various types of dental implants available today for a range of oral health needs:
- Single Implant: used to replace one missing tooth, a single implant replaces both the lost root and the tooth using a titanium post implanted in the jaw and a dental crown.
- Multiple Implants: for several consecutive missing teeth, implants can be used to secure a dental bridge or partial denture.
- Implant Denture: also known as All On Four, as few as four dental implants can permanently stabilize a hybrid denture for a secure smile that provides the best possible function and aesthetics. The implanted posts will also reduce bone loss and changes in the shape of the jaw over time.