Dental Implants in Reno, NV
The Permanent & Healthy Missing Tooth Solution
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may feel as though a piece of your identity is missing. Dental implants are a popular solution for one or more missing teeth because they look and function just like a natural tooth. Dental implants have a high success rate and can replace a single tooth or support an entire arch of new teeth through full-arch restoration.
Leaving a Missing Tooth Untreated
Tooth loss is a condition that many people face, and Dr. Galea or Dr. Curtis can help. A complete smile promotes good oral health by serving as a foundation for healthy gums and as the pathway to your overall health.
A tooth has a root, which is connected to the jaw bone and provides stimulation during chewing. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone does not get stimulated and will atrophy over time. When this bone weakens, nearby teeth can shift into the empty place and facial features may begin to sag. Bone grafts can be placed to provide a sturdy foundation for dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The crown is designed to match your other teeth, so most people won’t be able to tell which tooth is the implant. They require the same care as natural teeth; regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits.
The implant post fuses to your jaw bone, creating a solution that will last a lifetime. Care for your implant by keeping it clean and avoiding damage, and it will serve you for many years.
Protect Oral Health.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents jaw bone deterioration. Removable dentures and bridges sit on top of the dental arch and do not stimulate the jaw to keep it healthy.
Implants can be placed anywhere in the mouth or even support a brand new arch of teeth in a procedure that takes only one day. Implants can support bridges too, so you can still complete your smile while protecting your jaw bone health.
Types of Dental Implants in Reno, NV
Your smile is unique, and Dr. Galea or Dr. Curtis will help determine the right type of restoration solution for you. This could include:
- Single Tooth Implants. One dental implant can be placed in any area of the mouth where a tooth is missing.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. Traditional bridges require nearby teeth to be shaved down to support the bridge. An implant-supported bridge protects your natural teeth while benefiting your jaw bone health.
- Immediate Implants. Our surgeons can place a dental implant post the same day as an extraction, reducing the total numbers of procedures needed.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Remaining teeth are extracted and a fixed prosthesis is placed, using as few as four dental implant posts for support.
The Dental Implant Surgery
During your first visit, Dr. Galea, Dr. Curtis, and their team will take 3D scans of your mouth, discuss anesthesia options, and design a treatment plan just for you. It generally takes 30–60 minutes to place one implant and 2–3 hours for multiple implants.
First, Dr. Galea or Dr. Curtis will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. The top of the implant is often visible through the gum, but gum tissue may cover it in the early stages of healing. You may be given a temporary crown to wear at this time.
Over the next few months, the post will integrate with your jaw bone. Once fully healed, your restorative dentist (general dentist) will fabricate and place the custom-made crown. Our office provides detailed instructions to follow before and after surgery to maximize your benefits from treatment.
Dental Implant: Cost & Value
A dental implant’s cost will vary depending on your insurance, how many you need, your choice of anesthesia, and if you require additional procedures. We will discuss these factors with you upfront, so you know exactly what to expect.
Removable dentures are often cheaper upfront, but along with removable bridges, they only provide cosmetic benefits. They do not prevent bone loss and must be replaced every few years. Many patients report sores caused by ill-fitting dentures and find it inconvenient to remove them while eating and brushing.
Dental implants cosmetically complete your smile while preserving your jaw bone. They remain in your mouth during eating and cleaning and do not cause sores or discomfort. They are a long-term solution that will bring confidence and functionality to your smile again. By investing in dental implants, you are investing in your oral health for many years to come.
Solutions for Replacing Missing Teeth in Reno, NV
Northern Nevada Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has two offices conveniently located in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. You can find our Reno office on the south side of town off of Carson-Reno Highway. Contact us at (775) 825-0285 to schedule your consultation.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
If you currently wear dentures and are unsatisfied with the way they look or feel, their upkeep requirements, or desire a more long-term solution, our practice proudly offers dental implants as a solution. Dental implants can support a fixed denture or bridge, eliminating the need for removable parts.
This treatment, known as full-arch restoration, provides you with a new row of fully functioning teeth that look and feel natural. The implant posts prevent jaw bone atrophy, whereas traditional dentures only sit on the bony ridge in the mouth and do not prevent bone loss. If you’re ready for a healthier, more functional alternative to traditional dentures, contact our office to learn about denture replacement in Reno, NV, today.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do teeth implants hurt?
Most patients remain comfortable with only local anesthesia to numb the surgical site, while others prefer to sleep through the procedure. During recovery, pain and swelling is not uncommon and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, rest, and ice packs.
Does food get stuck under dental implants?
Like any natural tooth, food can get stuck under your dental implant. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing at least twice a day to keep your teeth clean and clear of debris. Leaving plaque to build up on your teeth leads to gingivitis and gum disease, or periodontal disease, which can cause teeth to decay.
How long after getting teeth pulled can you get implants?
Some implants can be placed the same day as an extraction, provided you have enough jaw bone to support the implant. If you don’t, we can place a bone graft and schedule another appointment to place the implant once the graft has healed.
How often should dental implants be checked?
Your oral surgeon will make appointments with you as needed throughout your treatment to ensure the implant post successfully fuses to the jaw bone. Once fully healed, you should maintain regular checkups every 6 months with your dentist, who will take X-rays and track your oral health.
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