You Have Options With Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants are by far the best solution to replace missing teeth. But they can be expensive. So Dr. Ealy tries to make them affordable for everyone. One way to do this is to use a minimum number of implants. It’s possible to use as few as two dental implants to stabilize a denture. This makes treatment much more affordable and offers many benefits:
•The dentures will be more secure
•They will fit more comfortably, and
•The bone loss that occurs when you are missing teeth is prevented around the implant site.
Placing four to six dental implants, instead of two provides even more stability. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our implant overdentures page.
A Warning About Affordable Dental Implants
Please be very careful if you are price shopping for dental implants. Implant dentistry is not a recognized specialty area within the field of dentistry. This means that any general dentist can offer dental implants and they may not have anywhere near the proper advanced training to do quality work. The sad thing is that many patients that fall into this trap won’t even realize it until many years down the road. Some dentists will cut corners or skimp on the quality of materials in order to provide a lower fee. Then, several years later the implant may become loose or infected which will require a lot of expense to correct the problem.
In order to make dental implants affordable, Dr. Ealy keeps his fees reasonable and offers a variety of payment options to accommodate your needs. But he will not compromise on the quality of materials he uses or the level of care he provides. We invite you to set up a complimentary consultation and ask questions about the fees and treatment plans available. Together, we will find the right plan for your individual needs.
Single Tooth Implants
The single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth's roots. A single tooth implant is a freestanding unit and does not involve treatment to the adjustment teeth.
If the surrounding teeth are healthy, they can remain untouched, and their strength and integrity may be maintained. The implant can stabilize your bite and help prevent problems with the jaw.
In the first step, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jaw, with the top of the implant slightly above the top of the bone. A screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering.
The gum is then secured over the implant, where it will remain covered for approximately three to six months while the implant fuses with the bone, a process called osseointegration. There may be some swelling and/or tenderness after the surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed to alleviate the discomfort. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
In the second step, the implant is uncovered and the dentist attaches a post called an abutment to the implant. The gum tissue is allowed to heal around the post. Once healed, the implant and post serve as the foundation for the new tooth. With some implants, this step is not needed because the implant and post are all one unit.
In the third and final step, the dentist makes a custom artifical tooth, called a dental crown, based on size, shape, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post.
Chattanooga Implant Overdentures
Many denture patients simply aren’t happy with removable dentures. In some cases, the dentures are causing all sorts of problems from hindering chewing to slipping or falling out at embarrassing times, causing painful sores, or giving the individual’s face a sunken-in look. Implant overdentures can help with all of these issues.
What is an Implant Overdenture?
One type of implant overdentures is called a hybrid dental implant restoration because it is a cross between a fixed bridge and a denture. It replaces the missing teeth and also missing gum tissue. Hybrids provide increased stability, durability, and ultimately an improved quality of life.
You can see an example of a hybrid dental implant restoration as shown in the photographs. It utilizes eight dental implants for ultimate support. In this example, the appliance is supported entirely by dental implants. This ideal treatment solution means that there will be no tissue irritation because the tissue is not used to support it. The screws are hidden inside the teeth and secured inside the hybrid.
At the other end of the spectrum would be an implant overdenture secured by only two dental implants, as shown in this photograph. When only two dental implants are used, the back of the denture will be able to move up and down, but it won’t slide around in the mouth, it won’t come out at the wrong time, and it will preserve the bone support around the implants. While less stable than if four or six implants were used, it will be a vast improvement over a removable denture.
Keep in mind that Dr. Ealy can customize the exact number of implants used, depending on your personal situation. He is exceptionally qualified in implant dentistry. In fact, he has spent the last 8 years training in Atlanta with one of the best implant dentists in the world. These impressive credentials mean that you can trust his recommendations when it comes to hybrid overdentures and dental implants. Dr. Ealy will present all of the pros and cons and will never try to persuade you into any kind of treatment.
Implant Overdentures Prevent Facial Collapse
Another important benefit of using dental implants to stabilize your denture is that they will prevent facial collapse in the immediate area around the implant sites. Facial collapse is a debilitating condition that occurs in individuals that are missing all their teeth. The bone that was once used to support the teeth is resorbed to be used in other parts of the body. But when an implant is surgically implanted into the bone, there is a signal that is sent to the brain which prevents this from taking place. Individuals with facial collapse can be miserable. Excessive bone loss results in diet restrictions, poor self esteem, painful sores, and sometimes it can get to the point where there is no bony ridge left to even support a denture.
If you would like more information about your options and to find out if you are a candidate for a hybrid dental implant restoration, schedule your complimentary consultation today by visiting our request an appointment page. You will be able to meet with Dr. Ealy personally for 5-10 minutes to find out if you are a candidate.
In-Office CT Scan (3D Cone Beam)
Most importantly, the KODAK 9000 3D System was designed to acquire 3D images on a specific dental region of interest, so technicians are able to target the exact area for the 3D exposure. This significantly reduces the amount of radiation, delivering 10-30 times less exposure than other dental radiography systems.
• High-resolution images - your doctor can view your teeth more clearly
• Less radiation - more safety
• Improved patient care - your doctor can perform a wider range of diagnoses, helping reduce multiple visits, saving you time and money
• Comfortable positioning - when images are taken, you stand facing your dental professional, making the shot more comfortable for you