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Dental Implants

 

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and can sometimes provide a fixed solution to having removable partial(s) or complete dentures. When there is adequate bone or adequate bone can be obtained through grafting, implants can provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

 

Dental implants are artificial roots (made from titanium) that will be completed with artificial teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or specialist. The teeth attached to the implants are natural looking and are often the perfect solution to a patient’s restorative needs.

 

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable. They can last many years with proper home care and regular dental checkups.

 

Reasons for Dental Implants:

 

*Replace one of more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth

*Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space

*Restore or enhance a patient smile

*Support a bridge or denture making them more secure and comfortable

 

What does getting a dental implant involve?

 

The process of getting a dental implant requires multiple visits over several months.

 

Specific dental images including a 3D scan will be taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone levels and spacing for implant(s). While the area is completely numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and then allowed to heal for up to 6 months. During this time the implant will integrate into the bone and become stable.

 

After several months of healing and implant integration custom porcelain crowns will be made and placed on the implants completing the implant process with a natural looking, stand alone “tooth”.