Dental implants have become the ideal treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth. Our dentists believe that dental implants offer several advantages over other types of restorations and strongly recommend this treatment for their patients who are deemed suitable candidates. A dental implant not only diminishes the embarrassment associated with a missing tooth/teeth, but it restores your ability to chew, preserves the alignment of your teeth and gives you the confidence you need to become a social butterfly.
Tooth loss can be caused by a number of factors, including decay, infection, and aging. A dental implant is the most advantageous restoration that closely resembles and functions just you’re your natural teeth.
Restore Your Smile with a Dental Implant
A dental implant is comprised of three parts: a titanium implant that fuses into the jawbone, the abutment—the part that protrudes from the gum line, and a crown which is placed over the abutment.
The procedure requires several visits. During the first visit our dentists closely examine the treatment area and obtain digital images. The next step is performed under local anesthesia and involves placing the titanium component into the jawbone. If there is not enough healthy bone present, the dentist may have to perform a bone graft to ensure the success of the implant procedure. Once this has been accomplished, patients undergo the osseointegration process, the healing time during which the implant fuses into the jawbone. This process may take a few months. After osseointegration the abutment and the crown are placed over the implant to form a natural-looking, healthy tooth.
Dental implants offer many advantages over more traditional restorations, including better appearance, strength, durability, and do not require reshaping of the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime and do not require replacement or special maintenance after successful treatment.