Dental Implants

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Wow, my dental appointments were actually looked at as a pleasant experience, since Dr. Leach and his staff are so capable and sincere – and there was no discomfort as one usually expects.

C.R.

My family and I have been a client of Dr. Steven Leach for 13 years. He has been a very positive influence concerning oral health. After consulting with Dr. Leach concerning a very crooked front tooth, he advised me and we came to the conclusion that we need to crown the teeth. His staff was encouraging, very kind and helpful with the decisions that needed to be made. Dr. Leach took great care to make sure that everything went according to plan. When it was time to fit the new teeth he was meticulous and the outcome was beyond my wildest hopes. For the first time I had a smile that I could really be proud of. Dr. Leach’s expertise, his excellent staff, and the lab made what could have been a harrowing experience a very enjoyable one.
Thank you Dr. Leach, “She said with a smile”!

K.H.

Thank you for everything leading up to and the day of my visit for Bioclear. I’m so happy with the results from the procedure and I appreciate all of the information everyone provided during the process. Thanks so much to you, Dr. Leach, for investing your time and talents in making this procedure available in our state. I’m very grateful for all of the kindness and care everyone gave to me. The office visits, phone conversations, and really all of my interactions with your office were very positive and put me at ease. Thank you so much for all that you all do!

Traci S.

Thank you all for your great service, kind care, and sweet attitudes. I love being your patient, blessings!

P.K.

Dr. Leach did a magnificent job on my teeth. He did some bonding to fill in some spaces and my teeth look just perfect. I am completely happy with the great job he did! He also did the work with no discomfort whatsoever and without even numbing. I was very comfortable the whole time.

J.M.

Dear Dr. Leach,  I just wanted to tell you thank you for my beautiful veneers! I love them and get compliments on them all the time. Thank you again!

Katie W.

There is no better way to replace missing teeth than dental implants. This approach is long lasting and helps preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deterioriates with tooth loss. There are also no problems eating with dental implants, no need to repair them regularly and no more worrying about smiling freely and openly.

A dental implant is usually created by installing a screw-shaped titanium post to replace the root part of a missing tooth. This is a routine surgical procedure that, in most cases,requires only local anesthesia. After a healing period of several months, you’ll retun to the office where Dr. Leach will cap your implant with a custom-made crown. As the implant heals, the post actually fuses to the surrounding bone. Implants are over 95% successful, by far the highest rate of succes for dental repair.

Dental Implant Anatomy
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How Implants Work

During a minor surgical procedure, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. It will then be left to heal for a period of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually fuses to the bone surrounding it.

Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants

Dental Implants can be used in a variety of situations:

Replace One Tooth — When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This is the most cost-effective solution over time, even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth.

Implants replace one tooth

Replace Multiple Teeth — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants are an ideal replacement solution. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. Let’s say for example, you are missing three teeth in a row. We can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won’t need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.

Implants replace multiple teeth

Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. What makes dental implants feel completely comfortable and secure? Dr. Leach use a medical-grade titanium implant fixture that, over time, actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw. This forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth, meaning there’s no slippage or other movement (which can sometimes happen with dentures). Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. It’s comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won’t slip, and should last a lifetime.

Implants Replace all teeth

Support Removable Dentures — Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. But today, Dr. Leach can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.

Implants support removable dentures

Implant Care and Maintenance

Once it has become successfully fused, there are only two ways an implant can fail: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting force.

Poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth every day, along with regular professional cleanings at Steven Leach Dental, are important preventative measures.

Excessive biting forces result from either prolonged clenching/grinding, or an insufficient number of implants. Dr Leach will take great care to ensure that you receive the correct number of implants to handle the force of your bite. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we recommend a nightguard to protect your implants.