Dental Implants

Implants are the option that looks most natural when a tooth or teeth need replacement. The implant itself replaces the root portion of a missing tooth so no other teeth need be involved.

Implants are the most long lasting way of restoring an area of missing teeth. With a better than 90% success rate and a long history of lasting indefinitely, implants exceed the durability of fixed bridges, removable partial dentures, and full dentures.

Comfort is another area where implants excel. By simulating as close as possible a natural tooth, implants can often avoid resting on the gum tissues and thereby eliminate sore spots.

For those who have loose dentures, particularly lower dentures, implants can be used to stabilize the denture or completely support it with touching the soft tissue at all.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.  With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.