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Dental Implants Wichita KS

The Leaders in Dental Implants

If you are looking to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, all of your teeth or even just something to better secure your dentures, dental implants may be the solution for you! Cambridge Family Dentistry is not only the leading provider of dental implants and mini dental implants in Wichita, Kansas, but one of the top providers in the entire country! Contact us at (316) 687-2110 to schedule an appointment!

Available Dental Implants
Standard Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacements for both the crown and root of your tooth, and they work to restore and preserve your smile and your ability to chew. By replacing the root, the function of natural teeth can be replicated. Dental implants provide a strong, stable foundation that gives a natural feel and allows comfortable biting and chewing. This can all be achieved without anything in the mouth looking artificial.

  • One of the most important benefits of dental implants is that they eliminate some of the key problems of dentures, dental bridges and other replacement techniques, including affected speech, poor fit, gum irritation, pain from nerve compression, difficulty maintaining hygiene, bone loss in the jaw and effect on nutrition because of a restricted diet.

    More Benefits

    • Dental implants preserve your remaining teeth. Replacing teeth the traditional way requires grinding down adjacent teeth, affixing clips to them and often placing significant extra chewing loads on them. With dental implants, adjacent natural teeth are not compromised. Studies show that dental implants reduce the need for later restorative work on adjacent teeth.
    • Dental implants offer improved self-confidence and enjoyment of life. Many people who have had a dental implant procedure say it boosted their overall quality of life and self-esteem.
    • Dental implants offer predictability. Dental implant treatments show reliable, successful outcomes compared to bridgework, removable appliances and repeat root canal therapy.  Dental implants never click, slip or fall out while you are talking or eating.
    • Dental implants offer improved appearance. They preserve and can even restore your facial structures. Since dental implants prevent bone resorption that occurs with the loss of teeth, facial appearance is often improved. Even when only one tooth is replaced, long-term appearance is preserved better with a dental implant than with other tooth-replacement methods. Dental implants can help keep your lips and smile young and attractive. When multiple teeth are missing, wrinkles can appear around the mouth, or the entire lower third of the face can gradually collapse due to bone loss. Dental implants can virtually eliminate these problems.
    • Dental implants offer durability. Long-term data shows that part of the list of benefits of dental implants is that they last much longer than conventional restorations, with some lasting a lifetime. According to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), implants are generally 92 to 98 percent successful for periods of up to 40+ years.
    • Dental implants can be affordable. The long-term cost of implants is often lower compared to life-long struggles with poorly performing temporary solutions. Now, newer technologies and protocols bring with them opportunities for new levels of affordability.
    • Dental implants offer convenience. The newer dental implants and the protocols that Cambridge Family Dentistry adopted can be done in one to two hours, allowing you to eat the same afternoon with little or no discomfort, using your new, permanent teeth!
  • Dental implants are stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or hold dentures and partials.

    • The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium alloy, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable.
    • A period of healing (up to 90 days) is then often required to allow the bone to bond with the biocompatible post.
    • Following this healing period, our dentists will place the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing and your personal dental needs, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is custom made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically.
  • Frequently asked questions and answers related to dental implants include:

    • Who is a good candidate for a dental implant procedure?

      If you have one or more damaged or missing teeth, dental implants are often the very best long-term solution. Dental implants can also help solve persistent problems for people with dentures.
    • Can children have dental implants?

      While the procedure is not usually recommended for growing children, there are cases in which a dental implant is a viable option, such as when used in conjunction with a comprehensive orthodontic plan.
    • Are there potential complications?
      With the older, conventional dental implants and protocols, some conditions, such as smoking or advanced diabetes, can sometimes cause complications. In such cases, you would need to have more frequent check-ups, at least in the beginning, to monitor the progress of your dental implants. Also, with the older conventional dental implants, especially, bone grafts may sometimes be required for patients who do not have enough bone volume or density.
Mini Dental Implants

A mini dental implant is just what it sounds like — a dental implant that is smaller than a standard dental implant (under three millimeters in diameter). Mini dental implants are most often used to anchor a denture in place for a more secure, stable restoration. Many of our patients also find implant-retained dentures to feel and look more like their natural teeth.

  • Mini dental implants, like standard dental implants, prevent bone loss after tooth loss, which helps to maintain your facial shape and volume. Other benefits include:

    • The process for placing a mini dental implant is less invasive than placing a standard dental implant, resulting in a more comfortable treatment and shorter healing period.
    • Mini dental implants are more affordable than standard dental implants.
    • In some cases, we are able to place the mini dental implants and attach the dentures in the same day, resulting in a faster tooth replacement process.
    • When used to anchor dentures, mini dental implants can enhance the comfort of your smile and allow you to chew, eat and speak without worrying about slipping dentures.
  • The procedure for mini dental implants is performed at our outpatient clinic with local anesthesia. The installation procedure usually takes only one appointment, and the actual procedure can be completed in one to two hours. Once the patient is anesthetized:

    • A small drill is used to make a tiny hole through the gum tissue and into the jaw bone. The mini dental implants are then inserted using precision hand-tools, which give tactile feedback to the clinician and direct him or her in the best way to proceed for each patient.
    • A measurement of torque resistance is taken at the end to judge the initial mechanical stability. In most cases, this will confirm that the implant is ready to handle loading.
    • Once the mini dental implants are completed, the prosthetic tooth or teeth, bridge or plate is fitted and securely attached.

    Because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the mini dental implant placement does not result in prolonged bleeding or require a lengthy healing period. You can usually eat that same afternoon comfortably, using your new, permanent teeth.

    • What are the pros of mini dental implants?
      • No need for complex flap surgery
        Mini dental implants have all the advantages of dental implants in general, but, as their name implies, they are smaller and can be placed without complex flap surgery.
      • Less invasive procedure with shorter healing time
        Mini dental implants do not require surgery like dentures, so the prosthetic tooth can be loaded within hours, and the healing process is much faster. Healing time is reduced from months to days.
      • No need for bone grafts

        There is usually no need for additional costly bone grafts.
      • Less discomfort
        Less disturbance to bone and tissue means most patients need only over-the-counter pain medication, if any, for a day or so after the procedure.
      • Convenient

        Typically, the procedure can be completed in one visit, and most of our patients can normally eat the same afternoon.
      • Comfortable
Unlike dentures, mini dental implants do not slip or feel awkward. They can be used, however, to realign and improve dentures.
      • Prevents facial collapse
        Since the mini dental implant is fixed in your jawbone like a tooth root, it prevents facial collapse that can occur with bone loss.
      • Fewer complications

        Mini dental implant failures and complications are rare and even rarer for Cambridge Family Dentistry patients due to the techniques and protocols our team has refined over many years.
      • Affordable
        With the Cambridge Family Dentistry mini dental implant protocol, the typical cost of dental implant treatment has been reduced by about 65 percent or more.
    • What are the cons of mini dental implants?
      • Vertical bone requirement
        Since the mini dental implants require bones to support them, they cannot be used in an area of the jaw with inadequate vertical bone or if there has been too much bone loss.
      • Teeth grinding

        You might not be a good candidate for mini dental implants if you grind your teeth regularly, as it may wear them down prematurely.
    • Is the procedure painful?

      The procedure is done with a local anesthetic. Unlike conventional dental implants, mini dental implants are usually placed using an incision-less procedure.
    • What happens after the procedure?

      There is usually little discomfort if any. Those who do experience some discomfort find it generally subsides within a couple of days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
    • What will the first day be like?
      Your new teeth will feel stable and secure, and you should not experience any excessive bleeding. You can eat whenever you want to, but we may advise you to avoid very hard or sticky foods for a limited period of time.
I have been going to Cambridge Family Dentistry for over two years. My dental work was not simple, and most dentists had advised I would not be able to receive implants due to the lack of my remaining gum structure. I am extremely grateful to my dentist for going above and beyond most doctors’ comfort zones and making my implants happen! - J. Crowder
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