If your smile is currently missing one or more natural teeth, it may be difficult to feel truly self-confident on a day-to-day basis. Oral health can suffer as well, especially if the gaps are left in place for the long-term. Thankfully, Dr. Lance Anderson and Dr. Tate Anderson would love to introduce you to a truly state-of-the-art reconstructive dentistry service: dental implants. Dental implants are designed to rebuild teeth from the ground up, providing unparalleled rejuvenation, oral function, and confident aesthetic value. We provide comprehensive implant care to patients from all over Greybull and surrounding communities, so don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation today.
So what exactly is a dental implant, you may ask? It’s a synthetic tooth root that’s crafted from titanium and closely resembles a small post. This new “root” is surgically placed into the jawbone, where the tissue will gradually surround it and form a strong bond through a process known as osseointegration. As a result, implants successfully prevent jawbone loss and help patients maintain lifelong oral health much more successfully.
While the placement of dental implants will require minor surgery, most patients report that they experience very little discomfort during and after the procedure. In most cases, the healing period will require three to six months – then, you will return to our dental office for the design and creation of a custom-made restoration that fits on top of the implant(s).
The clearest advantage of dental implants by far is their uniquely comprehensive design. While traditional reconstructive services only focus on replacing the crown (the white portion) of the natural tooth, implants are designed to replicate the root first, which exists below the gum line. The placement of a new, stabilizing tooth root actually stimulates the healthy jaw bone and prevents gradual deterioration; it also establishes an enduring foundation for the new “tooth” (custom-made restoration) to thrive on top.
Once your new implant or implants have been covered, the final result is virtually indistinguishable from the natural dental structure in look, feel, and function. They are also unmatched in longevity. Most implant-retained teeth can thrive for several decades at a time, and many restorations last for the rest of the patient’s life with only minimal maintenance.
Whether you have a single gap in your smile or are on the brink of losing a full arch of natural teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution for attractive, long-lasting replacement. We offer several custom styles of restorations that can be matched to your specific circumstances and preferences:
Implant-retained crowns are available to restore individual implants and single missing teeth. This reconstructive strategy has three distinct components: the implant itself, the abutment, and the all-porcelain crown. The crown replenishes the attractive tooth above the natural gum line and connects to the implant through the abutment. Our dentists will provide precise, cosmetic color-matching, blending the new crown seamlessly into the rest of your smile, and it will also be strong and functional so that patients can enjoy all of their favorite foods without worry.
If a patient is missing multiple consecutive teeth along the same arch, an implant-retained bridge may be the ideal restoration. Two implants will be placed within the jawbone on either side of the gap to support prosthetic teeth, not only restoring your smile’s appearance but also successfully preventing the unwanted shifting of nearby natural teeth.
If you’ve been struggling with ill-fitting, unreliable dentures for far too long, the transformative power of dental implants can provide a whole new smile. Our dentists will place a small number of implants at strategic angles throughout the mouth to support a full prosthetic all at once, which is more cost-effective than replacing each individual tooth with its own personal implant. Other benefits include:
If a patient is missing an entire arch (top or bottom) of natural teeth, All-on-4 could be a great reconstructive option to explore. Like the name implies, we’ll place just four implants throughout the jawbone to support a full prosthetic – two at the front of the jaw where the bone is naturally thicker, and two at the back, angled so as to provide an optimal level of support. Then, the new denture will simply snap into place, beautifully replenishing half of your entire smile all at once. In most cases, the implants and the denture itself can be placed during the very same appointment!
When visiting most general dentists for dental implants, patients will discover that they must plan a separate trip to a periodontist or oral surgeon who will oversee the initial insertion of the implant(s) into the jawbone. Thankfully, this isn’t the case at Greybull Dental! Dr. Lance Anderson has undergone specialty training at the White Cap Institute and can safely and successfully perform surgical implant placement right here in our dental office. By personally handling every stage of this transformative procedure, our dentists can ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for patients in need.
Price is understandably an important factor of the reconstructive treatment process for many patients, which is why our dentists strive to be as concise and informative as possible. We do remember that you schedule an initial dental implant consultation with us as a first step – this process has several complex components (including the initial surgical placement, the addition of an abutment, and the creation of a custom-made restoration) that will all incur their own cost, and every patient’s needs are different. By assessing your oral health and the scope of your tooth loss, we can provide confident estimates at the start of treatment so that there are no unpleasant “surprises” down the road.
Our team won’t sugarcoat matters – dental implants are an investment of both time and money. However, the benefits you will receive in return are truly worth their weight in gold, we believe. This state-of-the-art tooth replacement is designed to last for decades and shouldn’t require costly repair or replacement over time as long as it’s cared for properly, unlike a traditional bridge or denture. In the end, many patients who choose these older services end up spending more on routine upkeep over the course of their lives than patients who committed to dental implants from the start.