Did you know that 69% of adults have lost at least one tooth? Missing teeth can damage your self-esteem and oral health at the same time. Fortunately, dental implants allow Dr. Reintjes to re-establish the beauty and strength of a smile by replacing missing teeth with esthetic, comfortable, and dependable prosthetics.
Trained in implant dentistry, Dr. Reintjes can both place and restore implants so our patients can receive comprehensive care in one office without having to see an outside oral surgeon or periodontist. Dental implants are actually small, titanium posts that Dr. Reintjes will surgically position in the sockets left by missing teeth. The implant posts act as artificial tooth roots, and after your prosthetic crown or denture is secured to the implant(s), you will enjoy permanent replacement teeth that look and feel like nature intended.
Dental implant placement is completed using local anesthesia and sedation as needed to ensure your total comfort. Many patients need to have a bone graft procedure performed first to strengthen their jawbone. Dr. Reintjes may be able to complete the placement on the same day as a graft. If not, we will plan a time for you to come back after the bone has healed. The dental implants will be placed only once he is sure the jawbone can safely support them.
When some healthy, sturdy teeth remain in the jaw, we can replace the missing ones with an implant-retained crown or bridge. A dental crown replaces a single missing tooth, while a bridge fills the gaps left by multiple teeth. A crown is fixed into the jaw, but the bridge can be fixed or removable depending on your preference. These comprehensive, natural-looking replacement options keep your jawbone healthy, whole and prevent the loss of additional teeth.
A traditional denture can provide a fine solution for patients who are missing multiple teeth, but implant-retained dentures add significantly more stability while also promoting better oral health over time. Because the denture is supported on posts that are inserted into your jaw, slippage and discomfort are not an issue. You won’t have to worry about using denture adhesives or creams, either — an implant-retained denture fits just like it should from day one, on.