Dental implants are considered the standard of care for the replacement of teeth that are missing, badly decayed, or broken. Implants bond with your own natural bone, providing lasting support for a healthy smile—whether you need a few crowns, a bridge, or even a full set of teeth.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement and are far superior to traditional removeable dentures. With Smile Today, you are investing in a lifetime of improved appearance and dental function—not to mention self-confidence.
When we talk about Smile Today dental implants, we’re referring to a tooth replacement technology that has three parts: implants, abutments, and crowns.
An implant is a small post made from metal or ceramic that is biocompatible, meaning the material is easily accepted by the surrounding tissue.
Smile Today implants are made of titanium and look similar to a screw. These are surgically inserted in the jawbone, typically under local aesthetic, as the first step in the tooth replacement process. Once inserted, these implants start to bond with the jawbone, allowing them to function as a substitute for a natural tooth root. This structure creates a base that provides support for natural-looking replacement teeth.
An abutment connects the implant that’s inserted in the jaw with the tooth or teeth that form your new smile. An abutment is placed on top of the dental implant.
A crown is a replacement tooth. When you choose Smile Today, a set of crowns will be custom made by experts to match the look, shape, and fit of your other natural teeth. These crowns are installed on the abutment in the last phase of the replacement process.
When you lose teeth, your smile isn’t the only thing that is affected. You will also notice changes in your face shape as your jawbone begins to shrink. Conventional dentures will not fix this problem and instead speed up bone loss in the jaw, which can result in loose-fitting dentures that may interfere with day-to-day activities.
It is now standard practice for dentists to recommend implants over outdated solutions for replacing missing teeth such as dentures and other removeable/temporary dental appliances. Unlike these older options, dental implants look like your own teeth, do not require a dentist to grind your other adjacent teeth, and help prevent bone loss that occurs when a tooth’s root is missing. More advantages of dental implants over other options include:
- Preservation of your facial structure and shape. Dental implants anchor directly into your bone, distributing chewing forces to your jawbone like healthy teeth. This helps keep your jaw strong and preserves the structure of your face. In contrast, prolonged denture use can lead to “denture jaw,” where the jawbone is degraded and the lower half of the face begins to change shape.
- Integration with your own bone structure. Unlike a denture, which is an external prosthetic device that requires its own maintenance and regular replacement, a dental implant is implanted within your bone itself. During the healing process, implants merge with your bone and act like a natural tooth root.
- Restoration and maintenance of your smile. Dental implants bring both functional and cosmetic advantages. Smile Today experts custom design each smile using the latest technologies, creating a beautiful result that looks like a natural smile. Maintaining your new look is as simple as following good oral hygiene practices and brushing your teeth. Older options, like dentures, can’t match the aesthetic advantages and easy care of implants.
Renewed confidence when eating, socializing, and smiling. Dental implants don’t just look natural—they feel natural, too. The shaking, slipping, and clicking of dentures can make you feel self-conscious while talking or eating. Implants stay firmly in place like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat an apple, tell a joke, and smile with confidence
If you are an adult and have lost most or all of your natural teeth, have previous dental work that is failing, or are currently wearing a full upper or lower denture, you may be a great candidate for Smile Today.
The best way to know whether you are a good candidate for dental implants is to consult with a qualified Smile Today provider. They will assess your overall dental health and unique needs to give you a fuller picture of your options.
Smile Today implants are surgically inserted into the bone under local anesthesia. Typically, Smile Today patients experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure.
Insertion of the dental implant(s) comes next. This stage involves surgically inserting the implants into your jawbone, which is done under local anesthesia. Healing time is necessary before moving onto the next stage. With Smile Today, you’ll walk out the same day with a new, temporary smile so you can feel confident from day one.
For most people, maintaining your new smile is as simple as keeping regular dental cleaning and checkup appointments and brushing your teeth. Your provider will give you specific instructions for care and maintenance that address your unique situation.
While no procedure is risk-free, rest assured that Smile Today implants are a safe option for replacing missing or damaged teeth.
It’s important to follow the directions that your provider gives you for caring for your Smile Today dental implants. Your provider will create a care plan that is unique to you and give you advice on effective cleaning techniques.
As is the case with natural teeth, dental tartar buildup can cause problems for your implants. Being consistent and proactive with your oral care routine can help prevent these issues. Here are some general tips:
- Brush teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush or a soft-bristled electric toothbrush. Remember to replace your toothbrush or electric brush head at recommended intervals.
- Brush teeth on the inside, outside, and top surfaces where chewing occurs for at least 2 minutes.
- Consistently use additional cleaning aids – such as irrigation devices or interdental brushes – if advised by your dental team.
- Follow your dental team’s instructions for any special cleaning and flossing techniques.
- Attend regular checkups at your dentist for preventative health.
Other conventional crown and bridge solutions exist that may replace or repair the same number of teeth, but the process is much lengthier – and costs much more – than a Smile Today procedure. You’re left with less money and more time waiting for the smile you deserve.
Dentures are less expensive than a Smile Today implant procedure, but the money saved up front should be weighed against the negative impact they may have on your gums, other teeth, and jawbone. Plus, dentures require purchase of adhesives and other accessories for cleaning, maintenance, and storage, and should be replaced every five years. In contrast, a new smile with Smile Today is designed to be permanent.
* All-on-4 is a registered trademark of Nobel Biocare™.
The term all-on-4 describes implant surgery that places a whole mouthful of teeth on four carefully spaced dental implants. The technique is intended to quickly restore a normal, functional smile to patients who have no or few teeth, or who have severely decayed, damaged, or broken teeth due to dental disease.
Essentially, all-on-4 is a procedure that entails putting all of your new teeth on four implants. The implant portion of an all-on-4 procedure with Smile Today should only take a single day, with a new temporary smile put on right away that will last until you’ve healed and received your custom-crafted smile. Talk to your Smile Today provider to see if you are a good candidate for an all-on-4 procedure.
* All-on-4 is a registered trademark of Nobel Biocare™.
Ultimately, the decision to get dental implants with Smile Today is an investment in your health and well-being. With the confidence of a permanent, beautiful, strong smile, you can expect an enhanced quality of life. And because dental implants defend against further bone loss and preserve your facial structure, you’ll reap the dental health benefits as well.
Other tooth replacement options, such as flippers, dentures, or bridges, put stress on your surrounding teeth and/or gums. Because they are not implanted in the bone, they may move, click, or slip during normal activities. They do not provide the same stability and bite force as an implant. Your dental provider can help you understand which tooth replacement options are right for you.
Choosing to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant can stop this process from progressing. While the Smile Today procedure is a multi-phase process that can take a few months, the actual installation of an implant and temporary new tooth can be done in a single day.
Although dental implant surgery is extremely successful in 99.8% of cases, some patients will still experience pain. Factors such as a patient’s post-surgery activity can affect the longevity of a dental implant. Please be sure to discuss these and other risks with your doctor.
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