What are dental implants?

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor complete dentures to provide support and retention for loose dentures. Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Determining whether dental implants are the right solution for you is a process that our dentists will happily walk you through. The total length of the dental implant procedure may take several months and it is very important the patient is in good general health – those with poor oral hygiene or other risk factors such as heavy smoking present challenges for a full recovery. Once you and your dentist have determined that dental implants are the favored solution for you it may take a few visits from beginning to end to have the implants installed. Normally, dental implants are done in two procedures, but it is possible to have it done in one. Dental implants are a long term solution that, when properly maintained, will provide you with a lasting and strong smile.

Benefits of considering Dental Implant therapy:

  • Looks, feels and behaves very similar to a natural tooth
  • Unlike a bridge, surrounding teeth to the empty space/implant site do not require shaving or grinding
  • Implants help maintain and preserve bone which prevents shrinking or receding gums
  • Implants when used with dentures, help secure and stabilize removable dentures
  • Implants help create a healthy, natural looking smile
  • Implants help people continue to enjoy life and gives back confidence.

Once a dental implant is placed, our office will help provide proper care and cleaning with regular checkups to help guarantee your new implant stays strong and healthy. Very similar to natural teeth, implants need to be cleaned regularly through daily brushing and flossing.