Dental Implants

Changing the Way People Live

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything knowing that the implants appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

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Dental Implant Facts

What Are Dental Implants?

The dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Important: Treatment planning is the cornerstone to successful implant dentistry. Record taking, photos, 3D x-rays, intermediate prosthetics or immediate load require a team approach with the restorative surgeon. Implant dentistry is unique because it starts at the final treatment goal and works to achieve that goal. The oral surgeon, who is ultimately responsible for the final results, is key to the treatment planning.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure
Surgical Advances
What Types of Prosthesis Are Available?
Why Dental Implants?
Why Select Dental Implants?

There are several reasons: It is better not to sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, while dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?
What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?
Do Implants Require Special Care?

Once the implants are placed, they serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

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