Long-Lasting, Life-Changing Dental Implants In Louisville, KY
Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Loss of bone is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
The Characteristics of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are made up of three components—a post, an abutment and a restoration—that mimic the function of natural teeth. Secured in your jawbone, dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth replacements available, able to replace any number of missing teeth.
This permanent solution requires the precision of a skilled implant dentist and advanced surgical technology to optimize the outcomes of your treatment and its long-term success. Our team routinely provides dental implant treatment across a variety of cases, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and high-quality materials for the best results.
With our expertise, we can help you experience a life of health, function, and confidence with dental implants in Louisville, KY!
Your Custom Dental Implant Options
Replace One Tooth
When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth.
Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.
Replace Multiple Teeth
When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework.
For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won’t need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Support Removable Dentures
Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom.
But today dentists can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
Replace All Teeth Permanently
Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. It’s comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up.
In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 4 to 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won’t slip, and should last a lifetime.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide numerous advantages over other tooth replacement options. Unlike dental bridges, dental implants do not require healthy teeth to be present to support the restoration. Dental implants only need proper jawbone density to remain secure and strong, where they will in turn provide stimulation to keep the bone healthy.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently secured in your jawbone and act like artificial tooth roots (implant posts). They are permanently fixed and stable enough to restore over 99% of natural biting and chewing power. For this reason, implants are one of the preferred solutions and virtually all patients who come to Harmon Dental Center are candidates for dental implants.
The Lasting Benefits Of Implants
Making Dental Implants Affordable!
Along with lasting, life-changing advantages, dental implants also come with a higher initial cost than traditional alternatives. But as the closest thing to natural teeth, the higher cost of dental implants is immediately matched by the dramatic improvements to your self-esteem, oral health, and systemic health. This boost in the quality of your life cannot be overstated.
We recognize these transformative effects which is why we do everything we can to make your dental implant treatment in our Louisville, KY implant practice achievable. We’ll file your insurance claim on your behalf and connect you with leading financing companies that can break your payment down into manageable monthly payments. We’ll make receiving dental implants from an experienced implant dentist in Louisville, KY affordable! Don’t wait to find out how.