International Congress of Oral Implantologists logo Teeth Replacement in Henderson

You know that you have several good options for replacing missing teeth. Of course, there are full and partial dentures, which have both been restoring complete smiles for several centuries. Dentures do an excellent job of replacing missing teeth and they can help you maintain a more natural facial appearance. However, because dentures only rest on top of your gums, they cannot prevent bone deterioration that often happens when the root of a tooth is missing. Similarly, a crown and bridge provides the aesthetic appeal you want but does nothing to encourage healthy new bone tissue growth in your jaw.

In contrast to these, dental implants offer the beauty of a natural looking tooth along with the advantages of a new tooth root to help you maintain jaw health and a more youthful facial appearance.

Dental Implants and Your Smile

When you come to Dental Excellence to have a tooth replaced, Henderson implant dentist Dr. Noorda will surgically embed the implant in your jaw. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, so the number of implants positioned will depend on the extent of your tooth loss.

A dental implant is comprised of three parts: the implant in your jaw, an abutment, and the tooth replacement. The implant itself is a small screw made of titanium, a biocompatible metal. Once anchored in place, the dental implant and surrounding bone tissue coalesce to form a secure foundation for your new tooth. This process can take several months, at which point you’ll return to Dr. Noorda’s office to have the abutment (connector) and tooth restoration placed. Depending on how many teeth are missing, your restoration will be a single porcelain crown, a fixed bridge or even a full denture.

Dental Implants and Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Noorda and his team understand that just about any kind of dental procedure can cause a degree of anxiety. However, because having a dental implant necessitates oral surgery, many patients who are otherwise fearless experience a case of nerves. Not to worry. Henderson sedation dentist Dr. Noorda can ease your anxiety. We offer three levels of sedation dentistry in our Henderson dental practice:

Oral Sedation. A small sedative pill is prescribe and taken at a designated time before surgery.

IV Conscious Sedation. This sedation is delivered intravenously and provides a deeper level of relaxation for patients whose anxiety is heightened.

General anesthesia. For patients who are having multiple implants placed, general anesthesia may be the best option. This sedation is administered by an anesthesiologist and is given both intravenously and via inhalation.

Call Dental Excellence if you would like more information about dental implants or sedation dentistry.