Dental Implants

Losing a tooth increases the decline of dental health. A missing tooth causes nearby teeth to wear and break faster. Disease has a greater starting point for causing problems. The bone structure weakens and can change the profile of your face. Implant dentistry can get you safely back on track to total oral health.

a cross section showing how an implant is screwed in
An implant not only fixes an individual tooth, but also helps support the surrounding teeth.

Dental Implants are standard of care today. However, the success of them can largely depend on how they are restored. Do you know the difference between a "custom abutment" vs. a "pre-fabricated" abutment? For larger, multidisciplinary treatment plans, excellent communication means that we work seamlessly with specialists to coordinate treatment plans and execute treatment efficiently.

 

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are lifelike, long-term solutions to replace lost teeth, preventing bone loss and gum recession. Functioning just like a natural root, dental implants offer added stability and bite strength.

A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a restoration option in which a small titanium "root" interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The titanium "root" connects to the bone due to the biologic process called osseointegration. Through osseointegration, materials such as titanium, form an intimate bond to bone.

The dental implant process.

The implant fixture is first placed, so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.

Check with us to see if you need an implant. We can help you determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants while providing you with a custom treatment plan to help alleviate your specific conditions.