A dental implant is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. An implant is a small titanium cylinder that is secured in bone and replaces the root of a missing tooth. The implant serves as an anchor for the replacement of a tooth with a crown or multiple teeth with a bridge or denture.
There are many reasons to consider dental implants if an individual is missing a tooth or teeth.
Without the root structure of a natural tooth to maintain bone, the jawbone will shrink when a tooth is lost prematurely and this could lead to the appearance of premature aging.
Adjacent and opposing teeth will begin to shift around the missing tooth or teeth causing adverse changes in the bite.
An implant is fixed in the mouth. There is nothing loose to insert and remove from the mouth.
Implants last a long time and potentially a lifetime.
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
Dental implants allow people to chew, smile and talk naturally.
Dental implants allow patients with loose dentures to upgrade to a secure restoration that does not move around in the mouth.
Placement of a single dental implant is a small surgical procedure that takes about an hour. Placement of multiple implants or advanced cases that require bone grafting will take longer. Three to six months of healing time is necessary for implants to integrate with the bone. After this period, the implant (or implants) is ready to be restored with a crown, bridge or denture.
The implant can be placed at our office or we will refer you to an excellent periodontist or oral surgeon. The implant restoration (crown, bridge or denture) will be completed at our office.