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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a biocompatible replacement for the roots of missing teeth. These titanium posts resemble a screw in appearance, and once anchored in the jawbone, can support prosthetics that replace the missing visible surfaces of teeth. Dental implants anchor prosthetics permanently so that patients with tooth loss can enjoy increased oral function and an improvement in the aesthetics of their smiles.

Single Tooth Replacement

A single  dental implant is normally used to replace one missing tooth. With time, the bone surrounding the implantation site will literally fuse to the titanium post of the implant. This process of bone integrating to metal is one of the reasons dental implants make for durable and long lasting replacement teeth. After the implant is stabilized, the custom made prosthetic is attached via an abutment. The prosthetic for single tooth replacement is a custom dental crown, normally made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal for its lifelike qualities.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a bridge when more than one tooth is missing.

Full Arch Replacement

When a series of implants are placed, they can support a full arch of teeth. When a denture is anchored to implants, it will not move or slide throughout the mouth. Normally, a series of four dental implants are adequate to hold a custom denture permanently.

The Dental Implant Placement Process

Receiving a dental implant involves minor oral surgery to place the titanium component into the bone. Normally, this procedure is not overly invasive and patients are comfortable with local anesthetics and/or mild sedatives. Before an implant or series of implants are placed, our prosthodontist will utilize advanced technology such as three-dimensional diagnostic imagery to plan the treatment process and develop a deep understanding of their patient’s unique oral anatomy. By using the latest diagnostic technology and taking a highly customized approach to treatment, our patients enjoy high-quality smile restorations.