Of all the ways modern dentistry and Summit Dental & Implant Clinic have to replace missing teeth, implant restorations are by far the best. There is no tooth replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Loss of bone is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth. Dr. Calloway is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID), making him one of the worldwide leading experts in implant care. Dr. Calloway uses the latest technology and is highly trained in:
All of these teeth replacement options use dental implants to restore your smile with natural looking and functioning teeth that last a lifetime.
During a minor surgical procedure, dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. It will then be left to heal for a period of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually fuses to the bone surrounding it.
Implant restorations most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
Implants can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways. They can be used to:
When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.
When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won’t need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed called Full Mouth Replacement. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants, called All On 4 or All-On-Four Implants. It’s comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. A Full Mouth Replacement with dental implants protects your jawbone, won’t slip, and should last a lifetime.
Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. But today dentists can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces. Poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this. Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. You should receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a nightguard will be recommended to protect your implants. After all, implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health and your well-being, so it’s best to protect your investment.
Dr. Calloway and his staff are as good as you will find anywhere. I was pleased in every category. The entire staff made me feel very welcome. I know that they truly care and want the best for me. The office had very pleasent and peaceful atmosphere with the most modern dental technology available. I have known Dr. Calloway for a long time and I have a great deal of respect for him. I have been to several dentist over the years and I choose to drive nearly an hour away just for Dr. Calloway.
My first time coming here was an emergency visit on the weekend. He came in without hesitation and was more than willingly to help. His family came with him and they were all nice too. He fixed my issue pretty quick and continued with a follow up appointment a month later. The environment is very friendly and welcoming. They also play great music here!
Dr. Calloway and his staff actually made going to the dentist enjoyable. From the moment I walked in, they were friendly and professional. Dr. Calloway and his staff are very passionate and knowledgeable and never made me feel silly for any question I might have had. My experience at Summit Dental far exceeded any other dental experience I’ve had. I highly recommend Dr. Calloway.