Dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile with replacement teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth. Our experienced dental team place dental implants that restore the appearance and function of missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, call the office today.
Implant Restoration FAQ’s
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root similar to a screw. We offer metal-free implants instead of the traditional titanium implants.
Your dentist inserts a dental implant into the socket of a missing tooth. Your jawbone then fuses around the implant. By itself, an implant isn’t a replacement tooth. Rather, it supports a replacement tooth (crown).
Of all the ways to replace missing teeth, implants look and feel the most natural. Implants restore and maintain your smile.
When you have an implant, your teeth stay in their natural positions and can work together with the way they’re designed to. Unlike removable dentures, implants don’t slip within in your mouth or cause problems with chewing and speech.
Are dental implants right for me?
Implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. The process for receiving implants may vary depending on your dental needs and oral health.
Implants are easiest to install if you have healthy gums and adequate jawbone tissue. If you’ve experienced gum disease or bone loss in your jaw, you may need a procedure to rebuild your jawbone so that it’s strong enough to support implants.
It’s also important to consider your overall health when deciding to get implants. The procedure to install dental implants is safe and low risk.
However, if you have diabetes or an autoimmune disease, your dentist and your physician should weigh in on whether you’re a candidate for implants.
What is the process for receiving a dental implant?
Dental implants require multiple office visits. During the first visit, your dentist places the implant post into your jawbone.
Before continuing the process, your gums need to heal for several months while the implant integrates with your jawbone so it’s sturdy enough to support your replacement tooth.
While that may seem like a lot of waiting, keep in mind that your implant-supported replacement tooth can last the rest of your life with proper care.
Once the implant is securely part of your jawbone, your dentist installs an abutment, which sits above your gums and directly supports the replacement tooth. At your last appointment, your dentist attaches the replacement tooth to the abutment.