A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth.
Dental implants are made of medical grade titanium.
Implants are posts surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone.
You may want a dental implant if:
-You have a missing tooth or teeth.
-Your dentures are not comfortable.
-You are not happy with your removable partial dentures.
-You do not have or want your other teeth to anchor a bridge restoration.
Over 1 million implants are placed by dentists each year.
Benefits of dental implants:
-Implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth. This is very important for eating and speaking normally.
-Implants feel more natural than removable partial dentures or complete dentures because of their secure fit.
-A single tooth implant is a stand alone unit. It does not involve treating the teeth next to it.
-Implants help to preserve the bone after teeth are lost or removed.
-A 3D X-ray (Cone Beam Computerized Tomography) is taken to determine if there is sufficient bone to support the implant.
-Your teeth are scanned with a special camera to produce a 3D model.
-A surgical guide is fabricated to insure exact placement of the implant.
-The implant is surgically placed utilizing the guide.
-The implant site will take several months to heal with the bone will grow around the implant.
-A crown will then be attached to the implant.
Implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete arch. (implant supported denture).