What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into bone to mimic the root structure of a tooth. They can be used to replace teeth or to support and retain dentures. A crown, bridge, or denture is then placed over the implant to restore natural tooth function.
What are the benefits?
An implant is most similar to a natural tooth
The teeth next to the implant do not have to be involved in the placement of the implant
Implants may decrease or help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss
How is it done?
Surgical placement of the implant(s) into the bone. This is usually done right in our office, with a local anesthetic. After surgery, there is a healing period of approximately four months. During this time, the implants fuse to the bone by a process known as osseointegration.
Next, there is a minor surgical exposure of the top of the implant, where we will attach the post to the implant. The function of the post is to become the support for either one tooth or a set of teeth. This is a short procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia.
The last phase is the restorative phase. We will take impressions and then make a prosthesis that will attach to the implants. This will require several visits. Once completed, your mouth will be restored with natural looking, strong teeth.