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Dental Implants

DENTAL TEETH IMPLANTS

During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options gives us a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.

We can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable Dr Romriell to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability. (Read more about denture implants here.)

Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically a simple Cone Beam 3D scan is performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.

What is a dental implant?

This is a surgical procedure designed to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the bone and replaces what was once the root of the tooth. A crown is attached to the implant to simulate an individual tooth.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option available today. When properly cared for, they can last a lifetime, easily 25+ years , but gum disease, trauma, or poor bite may limit the longevity. The crown portion may last 10-15 years.

How is it different from a dental bridge?

A dental implant literally replaces a missing tooth. A dental implant simulates the root of a tooth to which the cosmetic dentist attaches a cosmetic tooth. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is non-surgical and uses the adjacent teeth to support a new cosmetic tooth.

A tooth implant is not invasive to surrounding teeth (especially desirable if they are healthy and in good condition). By simulating the root, it engages the bone and keeps it healthy. Because a dental implant is an individual tooth it is also easier to floss.

A dental bridge can be a good choice if the adjacent teeth are in need of restoration. However, there are other subtle factors such as age, timing and bone health that you should discuss with Dr. Romriell when deciding which options may be best for you.

How long does the process take?

Once a person is deemed a good candidate for dental implants, then there is one visit to surgically place the implant. Some applications are ready for immediate restoration, others may be required to wait anywhere from 3 to 6 months for bone growth to solidify around the implant to anchor it. At this point the implant can be restored to completion.

Can bone be preserved or re-grown to support implants?

Grafting bone into the extraction sockets at the time of tooth loss or removal can help preserve bone volume needed for implant placement. Surgical techniques are also available to regenerate bone that has been lost. A primary reason to consider dental implants to replace missing teeth is the maintenance of jawbone.

Bone needs stimulation to stay healthy. Because dental implants fuse to the bone, they stabilize it and prevent further bone loss.

How and why is bone lost when teeth are lost?

Bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. In the case of alveolar (sac-like) bone that surrounds and supports teeth, the necessary stimulation comes from the teeth themselves. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of alveolar bone. There is a 25% decrease in width of bone during the first year after tooth loss and an overall decrease in height over the next few years.

The more teeth lost, the more function lost. This leads to some particularly serious aesthetic and functional problems, particularly in people who have lost all of their teeth. And it doesn’t stop there. After alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath it, basal bone — the jawbone proper — also begins to resorb (melt away).

Crowns

A crown covers a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. The cap is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure-- dental crowns range from full porcelain to full metal.

veneer cost

Veneers

Veneers quickly give you a beautiful smile by covering stained, chipped, or gaps in teeth. Usually a porcelain laminate protects the tooth's surface while improving aesthetics.

Teeth Whitening

Enhance your personal appearance with our professional whitening system, designed to be safe and effective when compared to over-the-counter teeth bleaching products.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You can have a straighter, brighter, younger-looking smile for a lifetime. We fix crooked, discolored, and misshaped teeth in as little as 2-4 visits with the latest digital technology.

Testimonials

  • "I just love First Choice Dental! Doc. Romriell is excellent! His staff is professional but fun too. I am in the middle of my second implant... first one turned out perfect! I'm so glad that we have such amazing implant specialists in Twin Falls."

    -Janelle Jardine

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  • "After a year of not being able to bite into anything without excruciating pain, Dr. Romriell's expertise and appliances made it possible for me to eat again. I cannot begin to express my appreciation to him and his staff. "

    Buffy in Oakley

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  • "Thanks to Dr Romriell, I have the best fitting dentures ever due to implants. Eating is a new experience. I can now, for the first time, am confident taking my wife out to dinner and not worrying if my dentures will fail or fall out during meals. And I have a great smile. "

    Stan Ballard

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