Dental Implants

Unfortunately, tooth loss happens.  For many years, the only options were dental bridges and dentures.  But now, a terrific alternative exists: dental implants.  Dental implants provide you with a complete replacement for the tooth root.  This means that the solution is permanent and has the strength, shape, and feel of your original tooth.

Picture of dental implant procedure.

Advantages of Dental Implants

First and foremost, dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.  Because they are designed to fuse with your bone, they eventually become permanently fixed.  In addition, implants are vastly superior to dentures for the purpose of clean, articulate speech.  Dentures are less stable and can sometimes shift around while speaking causing a person to inadvertently slur words.  Eating is much simpler as well.  Patients who receive dental implants can go back to eating their favorite foods with no difficulty or pain.  Finally, in comparison to bridges, implants provide a more natural solution that saves neighboring teeth from having to support the bridge.  This helps to preserve the overall health of a patient’s mouth.

The Dental Implant Process

We work with each patient to develop a personalized, specially tailored plan. This plan considers your particular needs and physical characteristics.  Our trained staff carefully creates a detailed approach to your goals and desires.

Once we have designed the timeline and the particular course of action for you, we began the process by creating the tooth root implant.  This consists of a small post made out of titanium, one of the strongest and most durable metals in the world.  The metal has no impact on the immune system.  We then create a space in the jaw bone where we insert the tooth root implant.  As the jaw bone eventually heals, the metal and the bone fuse together, creating a secure and natural anchor.  The jaw is usually completely healed after six to 12 weeks.  Next, we will insert a connector post which is called an abutment.  This piece is necessary for a secure connection between tooth root implant and the dental implant.

Finally, we will create a replacement tooth.  We are extremely well trained in the art of creating new teeth.  It will look and feel just your own.  First, our staff will make impressions of your teeth and generate a model of your bite.  We then use this model to design the shape of the replacement tooth.  In addition, we will make sure that the color is precisely matched to the rest of your teeth.  Once we have the tooth, we attach it to the abutment and the process is over.

Common Dental Implants

Endosteal Dental Implants

Endosteal implants are placed directly within the bone.  They are used by many dentists and typically available as blades, screws, and cylinders.  This type of implant will require surgery, but the results are indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Subperiosteal

This option is terrific for patients who cannot wear dentures or receive Endosteal dental implants.  Everyone’s jawbone is slightly different; for those patients who have low bone height or width, this is the safest option.  These dental implants are placed on top of the bone.

Plate form

If your jawbone is not wide enough for a bone graft, a plate form implant can be inserted into your jawbone.  The plate form implant is flat and narrow for proper fit and usage.  Once the implant is set in place atop the jawbone, the gums will be closed around it so that the tissue can heal over the implant.

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