What are dental implants?
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into your jawbone. The “root” is made of titanium, the same biocompatible material used in many joint replacements. After the implant integrates with your jawbone, we attach a crown to it.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Implants can replace one or many teeth, and they look and function just like natural teeth. Since implants actually fuse with your bone, they also prevent bone loss which would otherwise occur. Implants are superior to a "bridge" for tooth replacement because they don't rely on and compromise the adjacent teeth for support. They are also more stable long-term so you can smile and eat with confidence. You can never get a cavity on an implant tooth. We can also use implants to retain full dentures so our patients don't have to rely on adhesive.
What is the treatment procedure for getting an implant?
We use a cone beam scanner to take a 3D image of your jaw in order to determine the best location for implant placement. We then numb the area, place the implant in your bone, then allow about 3 months for it to integrate (fuse) with your bone. When your implant has healed, we will create a crown to attach to the implant, and your treatment will be complete.
How do you care for a dental implant?
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last. Dental implants need to be brushed and flossed just like a natural tooth. And just like teeth, you can get gum disease around an implant tooth. You should also be seen regularly for cleanings and dental exams to keep your implant healthy. Learn more here.
Do you place implants or work with an oral surgeon?
We are certified to place both conventional and mini-implants in our office, saving you a trip to the specialist. We use a 3D cone beam image to ensure placement of the implant in the best possible location. On occasion we refer implant placement due to anatomical concerns. Generally speaking, you will be able to have your work done start to finish with us where you're comfortable.