Implant Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada
When you are suffering from missing teeth your smile suffers. And when your smile is not at your best, you are not at your best. Our smile is our biggest asset and affects our social and professional life as well as our mental state. While there are many ways that you can restore your smile, choosing the right tooth replacement procedure is crucial. Dentures or bridgework works for many patients. However, if you want to choose the ideal tooth replacement treatment, implant dentistry is the right choice for you!
At Baldwin Distinctive Dentistry we offer dental implants as a lifelong, permanent and durable tooth replacement service.
What is Implant Dentistry?
This procedure is, by far, the most comprehensive way to replace a missing tooth. This is because the procedure does not just restore the appearance of your smile with a prosthetic tooth, it also restores your ability to chew, speak and eat as naturally as if you had never lost your tooth.
While dentures and bridgework rely on prosthetics that rest on top of the gumline, this procedure relies on a strong, titanium implant that is buried deep into your jawbone. This implant is, in essence, your new tooth root. The prosthetic tooth is then attached to the end of the implant to restore the appearance of your smile and the ability to speak and eat confidently.
What are the Benefits?
- Completely restored smile from the root to the crown!
- Increased self confidence
- Restores your biting ability up to 98%- preventing poor diet
- It is a permanent procedure
- Lasts a lifetime
What Does the Process of Involve?
The implant dentistry process is longer and more invasive than other tooth replacement options. This is because there are several surgeries required in order to make your replacement tooth permanent and sturdy. There are several steps to getting a dental implant:
- 1st: After our dentist has determined that you are a good candidate for this procedure, he will numb the gums and area surrounding the missing tooth. Then, he will use a dental drill to embed the titanium, screw-shaped implant into the jawbone. Once the implant is securely placed, osseointegration must occur. Osseointegration is the process where the titanium implant fuses and becomes one with the jawbone. This can take anywhere from three to nine months, sometimes longer.
- 2nd: Once osseointegration is complete, you will return to our practice and Dr. Baldwin will numb the area and create a small incision in the gums to uncover the tip of the implant. Then, an abutment is attached to the end of the implant. This abutment is the device that securely connects the prosthetic tooth to the implant. Then, Dr. Baldwin will take molds of the surrounding teeth in order to create a natural looking restoration. The molds are sent to the laboratory where the restoration is custom designed. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for the prosthetic to be delivered to our office. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed over the abutment.
- 3rd: Once we receive your custom replacement tooth, you will come in for the final fitting. During this appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is examined and approved by you before Dr. Baldwin permanently attaches the restoration to the abutment. This is the last step of the process, after which you are able to enjoy your new, beautifully restored smile!
Do I Qualify for Implants?
Because the implant dentistry process is lengthy and invasive, it is not for everyone. While it is always best to undergo a consultation with a dentist, good candidates for this type of tooth replacement generally:
- Are only missing one or several teeth
- Are in good general health and oral health
- Are physically able to withstand several surgeries
- Are able to commit several months to a year to the process
- Have a fully developed jaw bone
- Are non-smokers or able to quit smoking for the duration of the entire process
- Do not have diseases that will affect the healing/surgery process
Often times, if a person is wanting to get this procedure but does not have enough bone in their jaw to support the implant, our dentist can perform a bone graft to supplement the jawbone. This can add several weeks or months to the process, however.
What Kinds of Risks Should I Know About?
Implant dentistry is highly effective. While there are several surgeries required for the procedure, there are surprisingly very few risks associated with it. Some risks that patients may experience are:
- Infections around the implant soon after it is inserted into the jawbone
- Damage to nerves surrounding the implant which can cause tingling or pain in other teeth, lips or chin
- Sinus related problems if the implant hits the sinus cavity
While these are real risks of the procedure, implant placement is thoroughly researched ahead of time and digital images of your jawbone and oral structures allow Dr. Baldwin to perform the surgery safely and effectively.
Restoring Your Implants
The actual restoration of implants (crown) is designed to last a long time. However, it will most likely eventually need to be replaced. These generally last 5 to 15 years depending on the care. If you need to have your implants restored, Dr. Baldwin can help create natural and long lasting dental implant restorations.
Costs of Implant Dentistry
For the most part, our Las Vegas dental implant services cost more than other tooth replacement procedures. This is because of the invasive nature of the treatment, the anesthesia and the quality of the restoration and titanium implant. In general, the procedure can cost anywhere from $1,500-$4,000. The cost depends on the type of implant used. Insurance can help in some cases so check with your provider about dental implant expenses.
Implant Dentistry Baldwin Distinctive Dentistry
At our office, we offer dental implants in the Las Vegas area. Dr. Baldwin makes sure that each implant patient receives a thorough consultation and creates a customized treatment plan for your unique case. Through each step of the procedure, he will answer all questions and help educate you on caring for your new teeth after the procedure. If you are interested in this procedure and would like more information, schedule your consultation with us today!