Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you! Dr. Balderrama has undergone extensive training in the field of implant dentistry and is very knowledgeable and competent in the placement and restoration of dental implants. Whether it be for a single tooth, multiple teeth, or for stabilization of a denture, a visit to our office will provide the comfort and peace of mind knowing a beautiful smile is closer than you think.
Dental implants can be utilized to replace single teeth, whether it is one that is already missing or one that needs to be removed and an immediate solution provided. Dental implants can also be utilized to replace multiple teeth through various treatment solutions. These solutions include but are not limited to using dental implants to support a bridge, multiple bridges, or even used as single tooth replacments for each tooth that is missing in an edentulous span. Dental implants can also be utilized to stabilize a removable prosthesis or denture by providing attachments that allow you to snap your denture into place. The initial visit consists of obtaining and recording all pertinent information related to providing you with the best long term, affordable, and esthetic solution to replace the missing tooth/teeth. After thorough evaluation and planning, a treatment plan is formulated and presented to you in a second appointment. At this appointment multiple comprehensive treatment solutions will be presented from which we will mutually select the best option for your individual needs. The third appointment will be reserved to place the dental implant(s). Depending on the solution you have chosen the crown or denture may or may not be delivered at this appointment. Many times dental implants have the best prognosis if they are allowed ample time to heal or become what is termed, osseointegrated (or fused to the bone). The rationale behind this is that micromovement of the dental implant does not allow for the osseointegration process to take place. Osseointegration is vital to the long term success of dental implants. Immediate solutions could, when force is applied, cause micromovement of the dental implant(s) compromising the long term success of treatment. Having said this, in certain cases immediate restorative solutions are possible and when they are not, a temporary solution is available to allow for improved esthetics while allowing for optimal long term treatment success.
As alluded to in the previous paragraph, dental implants can also be utilized in denture stabilization. Better know as snap-on-dentures, dental implants can be strategically placed to limit andeven eliminate the mobility of dentures in the mouth. Many patients, after receiving this type of treatment, refer to it as "life altering"! With a full compliment of teeth people can generate a bite force of approximately 200 psi(pounds per square inch). With upper and lower dentures the same patient can only generate an average bite force of 50psi or one fourth that of what they did with natural teeth. After 15 years of wearing dentures, the maximum bite force decreases to a rediculous 5.6 psi. With implant placement the maximum bite force can reach 85% of pretreatment values two months post-operatively and after 3 years can reach that of a patient wearing a fixed prosthesis or bridge. Many current denture wearers can attest to how difficult it can be to eat and even speak with dentures that want to move around in everyday speech and/or function. Traditional upper dentures require coverage of the entire palate to allow for optimal retention, and support. This can, in some patients, illicit the gag reflex and/or interfere with the taste of food and drink. When implants are placed, the palate portion of the denture can be removed to eliminate the gag reflex in many cases and restore your ability to taste food again. Traditional lower dentures, due to the anatomy of the lower jaw and surrounding soft tissues such as the tongue, are often very difficult to keep stable in the mouth. So difficult, that a large majority of patient's make the conscious decision to wear the lower denture only part time or not at all. Dental implants, when used as attachments/anchors under a denture, can provide you with fantastic support, retention, and stability of your new denture. In addition, dental implants can often be used to convert your existing denture into a stable implant over denture. This gives you the freedom to speak, eat normally, and even chew gum without the worry of your dentures coming out. With the use of dental implants you can rest assured your dentures will stay put, providing you with confidence and the overall sense of well being you deserve.