Complete Your Smile, Enhance Your Life
Complete Your Smile, Enhance Your Life
Dental implants restore missing or failing teeth with long-lasting, natural-looking results. Patients can enjoy the feeling of a complete smile as they regain the ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Missing or failing teeth can affect a person’s everyday functions, like eating and speaking, as well as self-confidence. Dental implants help restore your ability to eat and smile with confidence again while actively improving your oral health.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, many teeth, or even an entire upper or lower dental arch. The oral surgeons at Whitewater Oral Surgery Group in Boise, ID, specialize in dental implant-based tooth restorations, allowing our patients to achieve a complete and healthy smile. Dr. Nelson, Dr. Hastings, Dr. Kempers, and Dr. Clark look forward to restoring your smile and improving your oral health.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Improve oral health
Replacing a missing tooth is important to prevent bone loss, bite alignment issues, dental shifting, bacteria buildup in the tooth socket, and more.
Dental implants are designed to be long-term solutions. Patients can make their implants last as long as possible by remembering to brush, floss, and see their dentist regularly.
Eat your favorite foods
Foods that are off-limits to patients with dentures or missing teeth can be eaten with dental implants. Patients can enjoy steak, corn on the cob, apples, nuts, and more.
Preserve facial balance
Bone loss in the jaw contributes to facial sagging. Since the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, facial aesthetics are better protected than with other restoration solutions, like removable bridges or dentures.
Types of Dental Implants in Boise, ID
Single Tooth Implants
One dental implant replaces one missing or failing tooth. You can have a dental implant placed anywhere in your mouth where you are in need of tooth replacement.
Traditional bridges require healthy teeth to be shaved down to fit the prosthesis. When dental implants support a bridge, your natural teeth are protected. Dental implants fuse to the jaw bone, providing stimulation to the jaw bone that traditional bridges do not.
Our skilled surgeons can place a dental implant post at the same appointment as a tooth extraction, provided there is enough bone to support the implant. This reduces the total number of procedures required to replace the tooth.
Patients with many missing teeth may qualify for full-arch restoration, a procedure that uses dental implants to support a permanent denture in one or both arches.
Patients who are concerned about the metal used in traditional dental implants or have a metal allergy may find ceramic implants are the right tooth restoration option for them. Ceramic implants, also known as zirconia implants, are a metal-free dental implant. Traditional dental implants are made from titanium, which can cause an allergic reaction in some patients. Ceramic implants are inserted the same way as a traditional dental implant and offer a natural look and function.
To place a dental implant successfully, there must be enough bone in the jaw to support it. However, the bone that separates the maxillary sinus from the upper teeth tends to be very thin, so traditional dental implant placement may not be possible. Zygomatic implants are extra-long implants that are anchored into the zygomatic bone. Used in the United States for over two decades, zygomatic implants provide safe and predictable results.
The Cost & Value of Dental Implants
Millions of Americans have at least one dental implant. While they may carry a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement solutions, they deliver significant value many patients find worthwhile. With proper oral care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Removable dentures sit on top of the bony ridge in the mouth and do not preserve the jaw bone. Additionally, the success rates of dental implants is up to 98%, and patients enjoy the natural feel and function of their replacement teeth.
Whitewater Oral Surgery Group tailors every treatment plan to ensure optimal results. During your consultation, your oral surgeon will complete an oral exam, review or order X-rays or other digital imaging, and discuss your options for anesthesia. Factors such as number and type of implants, choice of anesthesia, if you require bone grafting, and more will determine the final cost of treatment. Contact us to receive a consultation at any of our state-of-the-art offices and receive a personalized treatment plan with a cost estimate.
Dental Implant Surgery
Prior to your surgery, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs the surgical site, but we offer a variety of choices to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible. During the surgery, your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. You may be given a temporary crown to wear while you heal. Over the next few months, the post will fuse to your jaw bone. Once fully healed, your restorative dentist will place your final crown.
Types of Anesthesia
Whitewater Oral Surgery Group uses three main types of anesthesia:
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
A single dental implant can be surgically placed in as little as 30 minutes. A procedure involving multiple dental implants will take longer. Once the implant has been placed, it will take several weeks for the post to fuse with the jaw bone.
What can I expect during the dental implant procedure?
On the day of your surgery, your oral surgeon will make sure you understand the procedure about to take place and will answer any questions you may have. To start the surgery, you will be given a form of anesthesia that was selected during your consultation. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, an incision will be made in the gum tissue, and the dental implant post will be placed into the jaw bone. Over the next several weeks, the post will fuse with the jaw bone and create a supportive foundation for the rest of the implant.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Some level of discomfort following any type of surgery is normal and expected. Our goal as specialists and compassionate providers is to minimize this discomfort. We will use the appropriate type of anesthesia to ensure a comfortable surgical experience and will send you home with post-operative instructions to aid your recovery.
What is recovery like?
Recovery varies from patient to patient. In general, a patient in good health who receives a single dental implant will recover faster than a moderately healthy patient who receives multiple dental implants. However, anyone who has recently undergone surgery is at risk for post-surgical complications, such as infection. To encourage a smooth recovery and reduce the risk of complications, we send every patient home with post-operative instructions. It is important to follow these guidelines as instructed by your oral surgeon.
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