Patients of Wagner Dentistry in Las Vegas, NV, may already know that the practice is highly respected for its innovative cosmetic dentistry solutions. Those who want the brightest smiles possible choose this dental office because of our high tech treatments and well-qualified team. In addition to creating beautiful smiles, our staff is also dedicated to providing each patient with an individualized treatment plan designed to create optimal dental health in addition to an attractive smile. This is also why we currently offer dental implants.
Understanding Dental Implants
Many of us have heard of dental implants, but are not quite sure just what they are, and why they are necessary. Dental Implants are an important development in the world of dentistry because they provide a total replacement when an adult tooth has been lost to decay, disease, or accident.
While dentures (full or partial) are a good solution for some, dental implants are often an even better answer. Made of two parts, just like a tooth, they feature a “crown” and the “implant” which replaces the roots where a tooth used to be. This is an important factor as the loss of roots can cause the bone of the jaw and the gum tissue to recede and shrink. This changes the bite pattern and even the look of our face.
When we use implants, we trick the jaw and gums into believing that the roots are still present. This effectively prevents loss of bone and tissue. It also ensures that the bite is still aligned and strong, and allows us to eat and speak naturally.
Choosing Your Dental Implants
Patients of Wagner Dentistry have the option for single implants as well as implant supported dentures. The single implants are just as they sound – a single implant capped with a crown that is meant to replace a missing tooth. Multi-tooth options for dental implants usually relate to fixed bridges. What this means is that instead of using a remaining natural tooth to anchor a fixed bridge, one or two implants are done and used to anchor the rest of the bridge.
This means that dental implants can be used as the ideal solution to a list of different dental issues, and it requires a skilled dentist to help you choose the right course of action. In their Las Vegas dental office, Drs. Wade and Wayne Wagner consult with their patients, review their dental health and then help them to make the best decisions.
Dental implants require a lengthier process to complete. The initial exam requires imaging and planning as well as an assessment of your medical history. The placement of any implant(s) requires the use of local anesthesia to numb the gum and jaw. The dentist then places the implant where the roots of the tooth used to be, and covers it with a temporary cover. The implant must then integrate with the bone before the abutment is attached. Another period of waiting occurs while this heals, and if all is well, the prosthetic teeth (either a crown or bridge) is added.