Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth. Many methods of tooth replacement involve modifying or destroying other teeth. While this is cheaper than simply getting an implant placed, it can be very damaging over time.
Dental implants are artificial roots, usually made of titanium, that are placed under your gums in your bone (just like your natural teeth!). An artificial tooth is then built on top of the artificial root. You can use an implant just like you use your natural teeth. Implants are more resistant to gum disease than natural teeth and can usually have greater chewing force.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
- If you want to replace a missing tooth without affecting other teeth
- If you want to restore a confident and beautiful smile that looks natural
- If you want to avoid joint and biting problems associated with drifting teeth
- If you want to restore chewing, speech and digestion
- If you want to enhance or support facial features that can be lost when teeth are missing
- To support an existing bridge or denture
What can I expect?
Dental implants are a multi-specialty procedure. This means that our office will work closely with a carefully screened and highly competent oral surgeon to coordinate treatment. The oral surgeon will place the implant. After a period of healing, our office will build a tooth on the implant. The second half of this process is much like getting a regular dental crown except that it’s usually faster and you don’t have to be numb for it.