Missing Teeth? Dental Implants may be the answer

All the Advantages Nature Intended

Implant dentistry is the most advanced therapy available to replace teeth. In addition to looking and feeling like real teeth, dental implants allow you to:

  • Improve your smile
  • Eat the foods you enjoy
  • Restore chewing for easy digestion
  • Speak with greater ease
  • Restore your facial structure
  • Enjoy an active lifestyle
  • Live with confidence

Frequently Asked Questions:

Dental Implants are the newest and most permanent way to replace missing teeth. Implants are basically artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. While implant shapes can vary, they are usually screw-like in design.

Once in place, these “roots” can then be used to attach different types of dental prostheses – including crowns, bridges, and dentures – in a removable or non-removable fashion.

Under a local anesthetic, just like the kind used for a dental filling, the dentist places one or more implants into the jaw bone using a gentle surgical procedure with specially designed instrumentation. The implant will be covered by gum tissue, or in some cases, left exposed and allowed to heal for a period of 2-3 months prior to placing the prosthetic components on top. During this healing period, you can wear a temporary bridge or denture to fill in the space so you are never without teeth.

The procedure is virtually the same. Depending on the location of the missing teeth, the dentist may decide to create a bridge-type implant prosthesis, where several man-made teeth are attached in a bridge-like fashion to two or more implant “roots.”

Once again, the procedure is virtually the same: it requires more implants. Even if there is significant bone loss, there are restorative options that can compensate for the situation.

Depending on your dental condition, you may be able to select one of the three different types of full arch, implant-supported prosthesis:

  • Fixed – A permanent replacement that can only be removed by the dentist.
  • Removable – Allows you to remove the prosthesis whenever you wish. The implants under it ensure that the prosthesis is held securely in your mouth.
  • Fixed Removable – Utilizes a mechanism to lock the prosthesis onto the implants. If you need to, you can unlock the mechanism to remove the prosthesis.

Implants can be used as anchors for your existing dentures, eliminating slippage and enhancing your level of comfort and confidence.

Yes, in most cases.

Whenever a natural tooth is lost, there is a gradual degeneration of bone in the surrounding area. New bone regeneration techniques can help replace lost bone mass and ensure a successful implant.

This is a very brief overview of dental implants. As the dental and medical situation of every patient is unique, any implant treatment plan requires a complete examination and analysis. Only then can an individual treatment plan be formulated.