Dental Implants – South Portland, ME
The Modern Solution to Tooth Loss
Gannett Drive Dental is proud to offer every step of dental implant treatment entirely in one location. With the help of our skilled dentists, there’s no need to have your dental implant treatment referred out to another practice and doctor you aren’t familiar with. Unlike other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth structure, resulting in restorative benefits you won’t find anywhere else. Give our office a call to get started!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are designed to replace the entire root structure of teeth, you can expect a lasting bond to accompany your new tooth. In fact, dental implants are designed to last anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime when properly maintained and no tobacco products are used. While daily brushing and flossing are still necessary with dental implants, there’s no risk of the crown portion developing decay since it is made entirely from ceramic material.
Additionally, the restorative and esthetic benefits of dental implants far outnumber the benefits from your typical dental bridge or denture. Once the titanium implant post has integrated with your bone tissue, blood flow to your tooth is restored and your jawbone tissue is being stimulated as you chew. This means your biting force is restored to the fullest and chewing your favorite foods is easy, including foods like steak and apples. Because of this integration, your facial tissue also remains elastic, your cheeks do not hollow out, and your skin does not sag prematurely.
Indications for Dental Implants
Keep in mind that dental implants can be used to replace teeth in a number of different circumstances. It doesn’t matter if you’re replacing individual teeth or all the teeth in your arch, dental implants are safe and effective!
Missing Single Tooth
Replacing a single tooth requires just one implant post, a porcelain crown, and abutment to attach them together. Our office makes use of durable, lifelike materials to ensure that your replacement tooth not only feels natural, but looks natural as well.
Missing Multiple Teeth
To replace multiple consecutive teeth, we can fit a pair of dental implants with a dental bridge. Instead of removing tooth enamel to make room for a bridge like you would normally, we can customize a bridge to attach to dental implants already integrated with your jaw.
Missing All Teeth
If your denture does not fit properly any longer or you’re tired of getting it replaced every few years, an implant-retained denture may be the solution for you. Whether you want your denture to be fixed or removable, replace the top or upper arch, or be full or partial, you can have it fitted with dental implants.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants is difficult to nail down until you’ve had a detailed examination performed by a dentist. During this visit, they can confirm the status of your oral health and whether or not you need to have preparatory treatments completed before dental implants are placed. For example, bone grafts, periodontal therapy, and sinus lifts can all improve viability if your jawbone has deteriorated too much over the years. Cost can also be influenced by the time of restoration created and the number of implants needed to replace teeth.
Keep in mind that dental implants are largely considered to be the most cost-effective tooth replacement option available because they do not require the same level of maintenance as other tooth methods.