Dental Implant

Dental implants are changing people’s lives. They provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth and can offer a welcome alternative to ill-fitting dentures or bridgework. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that the teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. When teeth are lost, the bone starts to melt away in this area. Over time severe bone loss can occur resulting in both functional and aesthetic problems. Dental implants can help to preserve bone that otherwise would have been lost.

With “traditional” restorations such as a bridge, the enamel on the adjacent teeth is cut off and these teeth are cut down to make enough of room for a cap. Over time the adjacent teeth may be compromised with leaking margins and recurrent decay and these teeth can be lost. So if you are replacing one tooth with a three-unit bridge, two perfectly good teeth can be put at risk. In essence, by doing a bridge instead of a dental implant, you are making a one-tooth problem a three-tooth problem.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, gently inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing, to act as artificial roots. Upon placement, the bone bonds with the titanium creating a strong foundation for natural looking and functioning teeth.

Dental implants can be utilized to replace any number of missing teeth depending upon your needs. All dental implant surgery occurs in stages and involves several procedures. Because healing requires time for the bone to grow around the implant, the process may take many months.

What to expect
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing or require removal. Implants will either be placed at the time of tooth removal or following a short healing period. In some cases a temporary tooth, or teeth, may also be placed on the implant(s) that same day.

A number of factors are involved in choosing the most appropriate time to place and restore your dental implant. We encourage you to ask us or your general dentist about these options. In the end, the most successful and predictable approach will be used to help meet your dental implant needs.

In most cases, the dental implant requires a short healing period following surgical placement (usually 4-8 weeks) to bond securely with the bone (a process called osseointegration). Once integrated, we will select and deliver the appropriate components required for your dentist to restore the implant with a new crown/cap. Your dentist will then take a simple impression and have the lab fabricate a crown to be cemented at your next visit. You can then begin to chew, brush, and floss about this implant just as if it were your natural tooth.

Please contact us regarding a dental implant evaluation so that we may customize a treatment plan that will optimize your specific functional and cosmetic needs.