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 your dentist 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.

Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are 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 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. Wettstein 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.

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.

Bridges

Dental bridges can preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy smile by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge can be fixed or removable.

Dentures

We create removable, permanent, and implant-retained dental appliances, including partial and full dentures, using modern materials to create beautiful custom dentures.

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

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    -C in Weiser Idaho

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  • "I love the warmth and genuine caring of the staff, they are always friendly and take time to know you as a person not just a job! Dr. Wettstein is friendly, puts a person at ease and a very personable and attentive dentist and I really like how he gives you options and is not pushy. He seeks to make decisions that are best for you."

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