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Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the standard of care for replacing missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances as well when used underneath them.  For many denture patients who have ill-fitting dentures or their dentures are always loose, dental implants can provide the stability required to regain comfort and confidence.

Dental implants are artificial roots and  (usually titanium alloy) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone to replace missing roots.

Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years.  

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Maintain bone mass which is lost when tooth roots are missing.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support partial or complete dentures, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.  Critical X-rays (often 3-D X-rays are used), models and photographs are used in the planning stage to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  

After local anesthesia, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for approximately 5 months.  

After healing (integration) is verified, a post called an abutment is attached to the implant.  The crown or other restoration will then be seated over the abutment.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.  Implants are not prone to decay but the tissue around them can be affected by poor oral hygiene.  Additionally, regular exams are crucial to check and maintain the correct "bite" on crowns and bridges supported by implants.

If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.