Dental implants are small, artificial tooth roots made of titanium alloy that visually resemble a screw. Implants are a great slip-free alternative to dentures as they are embedded into the jawbone. Ask our dentist if you are a candidate for dental implants.
What is the Purpose of Dental Implants?
When you have missing teeth, you run the risk of jawbone deterioration. Too much deterioration can lead toif not treated. Dental implants prevent this by providing a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth.
Because they are directly embedded in your jawbone, dental implants keep further tooth loss at bay. If you are suffering the effects that missing teeth can cause, please ask our dental implant dentist if you are eligible for this life-changing procedure.
Key Advantages of Dental Implants
Compared to other restorative procedures like dentures, dental implants do not slip at inopportune times or require adhesives to keep them in place.
They are also not removable so once they are placed, they become a permanent fixture in your mouth that look and operate like natural teeth.
Other advantages include:
- Preservation of existing teeth
- Restored ability to chew and speak
- Improved appearance
- No susceptibility to tooth decay (cavities)
- Increased self-esteem
- Better oral health
- Highly durable and long-lasting
What is Involved in Dental Implant Placement?
Before any dental implant procedure can begin, our dentist will need to have a consultation with you to examine your mouth, jaw condition, and discuss options. If you are a proper candidate for dental implants, we’ll move forward with the process.
It is at the next appointment that our dentist will place the implant(s) in your jawbone. We never want you to feel uncomfortable, so local anesthesia can be provided if needed. Typically, patients are able to return to work the next day.
Over the next few months, you will heal and the dental implant will fuse with your jawbone. This is called osseointegration and it is what forms a strong, long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth.
Once your gums have healed properly, our dentist will take impressions of your mouth so your custom artificial teeth can be made. The tooth or teeth will then be attached to the abutment, or small connector, placed on the implant.