Dr. Lauren Shanard provides dental implants at her Williston, Vermont office for patients who want the ultimate support for their dentures, bridges and crowns.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw bone, creating a means of support for your dental prosthetics which are as strong and durable as the roots of your natural teeth. If you are among the millions of Americans who are missing teeth, we have good news for you! Dental implants are the state-of-the-art solution whether you are missing a single tooth, or missing multiple teeth.
Dental implants provide an outstanding foundation for bridges, crowns, and dentures. In addition, the titanium implant itself is completely immune to the bacteria that causes dental decay. Dental implants are especially beneficial for denture wearers. Consider this: traditional dentures are held in place by the muscles of your cheeks and the boney ridges in your jaw bone. As you can imagine, traditional dentures are highly prone to slippage. Implant supported dentures snap into place and simply do not slip. They allow confident speech and function. No more embarrassing moments… Priceless!
Dental implants also help to maintain the structural integrity of your jawbone. When a tooth has been removed, the bone resorbs over time, leaving a defect. Placing an implant where the tooth used to be, will prevent this from happening.
After careful planning, the implant of choice is surgically placed into the location where support is needed. This can be done to support a single crown or a mouth where all of the natural teeth are missing. Once the titanium implant is positioned, a healing cap is placed over the top of the implant. Over the next 4-months the implant will fuse with the bone creating a strong platform for your crown, bridge, or denture. A few weeks following the your surgery Dr. Shanard will make a mold of your implant, and surrounding teeth, to craft your final restoration.
Dental implants offer a wide range of oral health and aesthetic benefits. In terms of your oral health, dental implants will dramatically improve your bite and help to preserve the structures that provide vital support to your teeth. When you lose a tooth, the underlying gum and jaw bone take this as a signal that they no longer are needed for their intended purpose and fall into disuse. Over time, these structures begin to degrade, which is why many people who are missing teeth develop a "hollow" facial appearance. At the same time, any remaining teeth will begin to drift from their optimal positions toward the gap where the missing tooth once resided.
Dental implants completely halt these adverse effects and restore the mouth to optimal health. The gums and jaw bone will return to their full function, and strength and comfort will return to the bite. Patients with dental implants will find that they are able to bite, chew, speak, and smile with renewed confidence and ease.
The aesthetic benefits associated with dental implants are equally impressive. The restorations that are fixed to the implant posts are attached below the gum line, giving them a more realistic appearance than restorations that rest on the gum line. Because Dr. Shanard is a master of crafting beautiful, life-like, porcelain restorations, you can further be assured that your results will be as attractive, and natural looking, as possible.
One further noteworthy benefit of dental implants is their versatility. Whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants offer a potentially ideal solution to returning your teeth back to full function. For example, a single implant can be placed to support a crown if only one tooth is missing, or multiple implants can be used to support bridges and full sets of dentures if necessary.
Almost anyone missing one or more of their natural teeth is likely a good candidate for dental implants.
As with any surgical procedure, it is important that patients be in generally good health when they undergo dental implant surgery. During your initial consultation at Contemporary Dental Arts, Dr. Shanard will perform a meticulous evaluation of your mouth and your medical history to confirm that dental implants are the most appropriate treatment for you.
As with any surgical procedure, there are always some risks. Risks associated with dental implant surgery are very low when proper imaging is used. Infection, damage to blood vessels or adjacent teeth, sinus complications, and nerve damage are all possible risks as a result of implant surgery. 3-D Cone Beam or CAT Scan images are often taken prior to implant placement. At Contemporary Dental Arts we use the state-of-the-art Kodak 9000 digital 3D cone beam scanner that takes a "focus field" image of the precise location of your implant. This technology assists the surgeon in proper implant placement, thus avoiding complications.
Dr. Lauren Shanard and the Contemporary Dental Arts team are proud to provide exceptional dental implants to their patients. Dr. Shanard works in conjunction with experienced and talented doctors, such as periodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical placement of the implant to which the beautiful, custom-crafted crown, bridge, or set of dentures will be attached. At every stage, Dr. Shanard works to ensure the comfort, safety, and complete satisfaction of her patients.
There is no reason for you to have to live with missing teeth any longer. If you are one of the millions of Americans who have suffered the loss of one or more of your teeth, we can help you smile confidently once again. At Contemporary Dental Arts, we can restore your ability to eat, speak, laugh, and smile with absolute confidence. To learn more about dental implants, please contact our Williston, Vermont cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today!
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