Implants

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to us to see if dental implants are an option for you.

It would be so much easier for millions of people if replacing teeth was simply a matter of finding new ones and popping them in place. Of course it’s a bit more involved than that, whether you opt for traditional dentures or dental implants.

Dental implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth and are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

Why Consider Dental Implants

Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. While these are all serious issues, did you know that tooth loss also leads to bone loss?

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After Tooth Loss

After Bone Loss

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When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it begins to shrink (or atrophy) and becomes brittle from lack of exercise. Not only does losing a tooth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • replaces missing teeth
  • maintains bone*
  • maintains your youthful appearance
  • restores your natural smile

Bone Grafting for Socket Preservation

Your doctor may recommend a bone grafting procedure to help restore your jaw bone to a level suitable for dental implants. View illustrations of procedures below and discuss the details of your recommended procedure with your doctor.

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When your doctor removes a damaged tooth, it leaves behind a void where the tooth was. Bone loss occurs without the tooth present to stimulate the jaw bone.

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Your doctor may choose to place some allograft bone graft material in the void left behind. This will promote bone growth.

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The bone graft material provides the structure for your body’s cells to migrate to the void and remodel the graft into your own bone tissue. After healing your jaw bone will better support dental implants.

Individual Tooth Options

Individual missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants  without altering your healthy adjacent teeth. Once dental implants are placed, posts (or abutments) are attached, providing support for your final crowns.

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  • attractive smile
  • full chewing ability
  • preserve healthy teeth and jawbone
  • maintains bone*

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  • attractive smile
  • grinds down healthy teeth
  • may lead to bone loss under bridge
  • greater risk for cavities and tooth failure

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  • unattractive smile
  • loss of chewing ability
  • may lead to bone loss

What to Expect

Treatment Planning

Your dental professional will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine implant position. Occasionally, a bone graft or gum tissue graft will be needed to create an adequate site for the dental implants.

Implant 7_placementDental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. We recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.The bone and gums will be given time to heal before an abutment and crown are attached.

The bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.

Implant 8_placementFinally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, we will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants.

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