Modern tooth replacement with implants for valued patients in Treasure Valley

Dental extractions are frequently referred to as “last resort” procedures – for a good reason. We at Summit Dental Group strive to preserve natural teeth. Our four dentists, Drs Mooney, Studebaker, Ritchie and Richardson, in Boise and across southwestern Idaho, have an array of treatments and services, including dental implants to “save” even severely damaged or deeply infected teeth.

The magic of dental implants

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With modern methods and materials, we can replicate the looks, feels, and functions of natural teeth. Dental bridges, removable dentures, and other conventional forms of tooth replacement use neighboring teeth, natural suction in the mouth, and products like denture adhesive to stabilize the prosthetic tooth. Modern prosthetic teeth are stabilized in the mouth by dental implants. These cylindrical-shaped posts are made from a material designed to integrate into the body’s natural tissues.

Once the implant is positioned precisely in the jawbone, it heals or integrates into the surrounding bony tissues. It is later attached to the prosthetic tooth (dental crown). The crown is “rooted” or stabilized in the mouth by the implant. In turn, implants function like tooth roots. Furthermore, they not only complete the smile – for lovely aesthetics and healthy function – but also keep the bone in the jaws strong. This is important because traditional forms of tooth replacement are not connected to the jawbone.

As bone loss progresses, it can make problems with eating or speaking worse. It can also alter the appearance of the face, causing the chin to “collapse.” Since structural support is lost, facial tissues also fall which can result in a haggard or “aged” appearance. Dental implants help to avoid or stop this destructive process.

The many options

One implant may be surgically placed in the jaw to retain one replacement tooth. Or, a few implants can retain several prosthetic teeth. In fact, due to how implants are positioned, an upper or lower denture may be held in place with as few as four implants. Additionally, patients with bone loss can still benefit from dental implant-supported teeth. They do not need to have grafts to build up in the bone in the jaw, either. Mini implants allow us to use less invasive techniques to restore teeth.

Call Summit Dental Implants at (208) 314-2275 today to find out more about your options for tooth replacement in Boise, Idaho.

Many Happy Faces

Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.