Implant Learning Center

Dental implants have become a favorite option of many patients who are needing to replace damaged or missing teeth. They are practical, they are natural looking, and they will last for a lifetime. Patients discover increased confidence to smile, to laugh, to talk, and to eat. Dental implants are also permanently implanted and will not slip or fall out.

Because dental implants are implanted directly into the jawbone, they actually fuse to the bone through a process known as osseointegration. They are specifically manufactured to fit into your mouth and to match your other natural teeth. They can replace one tooth, several missing teeth, or all of your teeth.

  • Dental implants protect the natural structure of your jawbone and help preserve your youthful appearance.
  • Dental implants are custom made to match your teeth. This means that no one will know that dental work has been done.
  • Dental implants give you the confidence to smile, laugh, eat, and speak in public settings without hesitation or fear.
  • Dental implants will last a lifetime if they are given the appropriate care.
  • They are implanted in a 3-step procedure. First, the dentist will implant a post into your jawbone. This will function as a permanent and stable root for your replacement tooth. Next, the post will have an abutment attached as a foundation to support the replacement tooth. Finally, the replacement tooth is custom fabricated to match your other teeth. It is attached to the post that has been implanted in your jawbone. The result is a natural looking replacement tooth and a beautiful smile.
  • The combined time for all three steps in the procedure will usually take a few months. Most patients find that the benefits received from the implants make the wait well worth it. The longest part of the process is waiting 3-6 months for the implanted posts to naturally fuse with the jawbone. This step is crucial to the overall success of the implants. Once the posts are fused with the jawbone, the final restorations will be attached in a relatively brief office visit.
  • If you are missing one tooth or more, you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. If missing teeth have been left untreated for an extended period of time, they may present some additional complications because of the loss of jawbone material. Usually these types of situations can still be resolved by an additional bone graft.
  • Dental implants will definitely require a larger initial investment than other methods of teeth replacement. However, the tremendous benefits gained through dental implants certainly outweigh any additional cost. There is a one-time fee for dental implants at the time they are placed, but dentures and bridges will require additional expenses over the years to maintain and replace. Once you have paid for your dental implants, you will be set for a lifetime of happy smiles.
  • The actual cost of your dental implants will depend on a variety of factors. The biggest factor to be considered is the number of implants that you need. There may be additional cost if your situation requires any preparatory bone grafts. Stop by Your All American Smile Center for a consultation where we can help you consider the various factors that are involved. We are confident that the benefits you will gain will be priceless!

All-ceramic implants are part of the new era of holistic, metal-free tooth restorations that we are excited about. At Your All American Smile Center, we use CeraRoot implants because they provide an impressive array of biocompatible-zirconia tooth root replacements that function as a foundation for crowns and bridges. These metal-free, zirconia dental implants offer ten exciting benefits:

  • The biocompatible, ceramic material found in CeraRoot implants encourage complete and natural fusion to the natural jawbone.
  • CeraRoot zirconia implants are different from metal implants in that they are hypoallergenic. Itchiness and inflammation have been known to develop around the implant sites of titanium posts years after the procedure has been performed. This can result in bone loss and even the failure of an implant. Due to the growing number of patients with allergies and compromised immune systems, the implanting of titanium posts should be seriously considered before the procedure. The removal of a titanium implant is not a small matter. If you are concerned about this issue, you may want to consider MELISA testing to identify any potential metal allergies or sensitivities. You can learn more about MELISA testing at melisa.org.
  • CeraRoot implants are considered to be holistically friendly. They do not disturb the movement of energy through the body’s meridians. CeraRoot implants are bioinert. This makes them a great tooth replacement solution if you are a patient who seeks to adhere to holistic health principles.
  • CeraRoot implants will provide long-term success due to the durability and inflexibility of zirconia under pressure.
  • CeraRoot implants are known for their comfort for a couple of reasons. Their more natural fusion process means that CeraRoot patients can generally expect a shorter implant process. In addition to shorter treatment time, CeraRoot implants are more comfortable due to their biocompatibility combined with the additional strength of zirconia.
  • CeraRoot implants employ a one-piece design. The traditional design of titanium implant systems employs metal components that are joined with a fixation screw. These joined components provide the possibility of micro-movements between pieces under the pressure of activities such as chewing. Anywhere there is movement, there is the possibility of warm, moist hiding places where bacteria can gather and colonize. This can ultimately lead to a cascade of unfortunate events. The colonized bacteria can release toxins that can produce inflammation around the implants. Left undiscovered or untreated, this can lead to bone loss and a possible implant failure.                   As ceramic components have been proven to be superior for dentistry due to their strength and aesthetic benefits, they have been incorporated into dentistry on a large scale. Ceramic crowns and implant abutments are more common. It is possible now to even get the implant itself in a one-piece design crafted from biocompatible zirconia. CeraRoot implants provide superior function, health, and beauty.
  • CeraRoot surgery can be performed in one appointment. The implants can be placed immediately after tooth extraction. In many cases, this can be done with minimally invasive surgery. They are placed transmucosally with no need for incision or sutures in the gums.
  • CeraRoot implants are made with biocompatible zirconia which is resistant to chemical corrosion. It is classified as a bioinert material that will never trigger chemical reactions, it will not migrate to other places in the body, and it will not interfere with maintaining optimal oral health.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Titanium has been known to corrode in the mouth, especially in the vicinity of other metals (that may come from silver fillings, alloy metal crowns and bridges, or gold onlays/inlays). The nearness of these metals to each other can trigger reactions. Metal corrosion is also more reactive when fluoride is present in the water supply, toothpaste, or mouthwash. Corrosion will actually attack the surface of a titanium implant. This corrosion has been known to migrate from the implant site to surrounding tissues and even into nearby lymph nodes.
  • CeraRoot is made of non-conducting zirconia. Because zirconia does not conduct electrical charges, bacterial growth is far less likely to adhere to the surface of the implant. This, of course, provides a much healthier oral environment. The University of Minnesota recently conducted a microscopic study that reveals superior fusion of CeraRoot implants to the jawbone. There were no signs of inflammation or implant rejection. Other scientists have also come to the conclusion that zirconia is an ideal component for dental implants.
  • CeraRoot provides superior aesthetics over the life of your dental implants. Some patients must deal with thin, translucent gums. Other are more prone to gum recession, especially in the later years of their life. In these cases, the gray, metallic look of titanium can begin to show through the gums around the edges of the crown. Zirconia is non-metallic and white. This makes a natural-looking base color if these gum problems arise.