Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a partial denture.
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
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First, surgery is performed to place the anchors in existing jawbone that hold the crowns in place. Surgery can take up to several hours, and up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the anchors and firmly hold them in place. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the anchor to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.
After the gums have had several weeks to heal, artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one to two months to complete. Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office or in a hospital, depending upon a number of factors. A local or general anesthetic may be used. Usually pain medications and, when necessary, antibiotics are prescribed. Your TenderCare dentist will give you instructions on diet and oral hygiene.
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved Hyaluronic Acid products, such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®, that are injected underneath the skin to restore or give volume and soften creases. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced by the body, exists naturally in all living organisms and gives volume and pliability to the skin.
As we get older, the skin’s natural elasticity can fade – Dermal fillers can be used to fill in fine lines around the lips, reduce acne scars (or other scarring), plump up lips, or reduce the appearance of deep set wrinkles.
Areas that are commonly treated with dermal fillers include jowls, downturned smiles, or marionette lines – the effects can be a more fresh-faced appearance. Another benefit of dermal fillers is that treated areas can often have lasting results as it blends seamlessly under the skin and breaks down slowly over time.