Dental Implants Las Vegas
Missing teeth can compromise your appearance and your oral health. If you have one or more missing teeth, replacing them is essential to giving you the confidence to smile as well keeping your teeth functional and healthy. There are many tooth replacement options, but only dental implants fully replace your tooth with the look, function, and same ease of maintenance as natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to mimic the appearance, form, and function of your natural teeth. Like your natural teeth, they are made up of a tooth root, designed to integrate into your jawbone, and an aesthetic dental crown, which looks like a natural tooth. The only difference is that the tooth root is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that will fuse with your bone, and the crown is made of an advanced ceramic.
Advantages of Implants
By permanently securing prosthetic appliances, dental implants closely imitate natural teeth. There are numerous benefits to getting dental implants. Dental implants:
- Allow you to eat all your favorite foods
- Don’t slip or click when you talk or eat
- Require no special cleaning—just brush, floss, and see your dentist as usual
- Don’t require support from neighboring teeth
- Stimulate your jawbone to prevent jawbone loss and fracture
- Can last a lifetime
When properly cared for, dental implants have been shown to last 30+ years, though they sometimes need a new crown. The dental crown on the implant will generally last 10-20 years.
Dental implants are better than other tooth replacement options available. They are not removable like dentures, so they don’t slip or move. They are completely anchored in your jawbone for maximum security.
Dental bridges are a fixed tooth replacement option, too, but a dental bridge requires support from neighboring teeth. This means that you might be removing structure from healthy teeth, and it may results in excessive force on these teeth that can sometimes cause them to fail.
Dentures and dental bridges also don’t stimulate the jawbone and support the gums, which can lead to bone loss and gum collapse.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
After reading all the benefits of dental implants, you may be eager to sign up, but we have to make sure you are a candidate for the procedure so that there aren’t any dental implant complications. The good news is that most people are. The ideal candidate for dental implants has:
- Adequate healthy bone to support the implant
- Good oral health to reduce infection risk
- Good general health to allow for surgery
In addition, an ideal candidate is not a smoker and isn’t taking medications that can interfere with bone healing. In particular, certain antidepressants have been linked to increased risk of dental implant failure.
If you are not an ideal candidate, you can still get dental implants. Bone grafts can be used to add bone to the implant site. We can treat gum disease in order to allow you to get dental implants. It may be recommended that you quit smoking or change medications to reduce the risk of implant failure.
The Implant Dentistry Process
Using our dental implant technology Dr. Polley can place one implant to fasten a single replacement tooth or several implants to anchor a bridge or denture. The procedure is safe and predictable and can be performed right in our Las Vegas dental office.
The first step is a brief oral surgery in which Dr. Polley inserts a small, titanium root into the socket left by a missing tooth. Made of biocompatible titanium, dental implants promote bone growth to create a solid foundation that imitates a tooth root. Once the dental implant site has healed, Dr. Polley will place a handcrafted, porcelain replacement tooth or a multiple-tooth prosthetic on top of the dental implant(s) for a permanent, durable restoration.
We invite you to take advantage of our commitment to you by calling (702) 873-0324 or email our office! Located in the heart of Summerlin, our implant dentistry office is convenient to all residents of Las Vegas! You can also find answers to some of the most common questions about dental implants that we receive at our office.