A missing tooth means you're missing out on more than just smiling. It can have a negative impact on your confidence and your overall well being, too. Dental implants can help you eat, laugh, and speak with ease once again.
After losing a tooth or having one extracted, it’s important to consider all of your replacement options. Dental implants can restore the functionality of your bite and improve your overall oral health. As one of the most secure and long-lasting tooth replacement options available, dental implants act as a natural part of your smile and replace that missing tooth you’ve been hiding.
Unlike dentures which require replacements, dental implants can potentially last a lifetime.
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With CBCT and intraoral scanning technology, we give our patients peace of mind. These reliable pieces of technology ensure precise placement for increased patient comfort and better overall outcomes.
The majority of our doctors are proud to be board-certified in Periodontics and Dental Implant surgeries. Rest assured, your smile is in expert hands.
Using the DTX Studio suite of imaging technology, we can precisely plan your treatment and create surgical guides to ensure your implant is optimally placed for long-term success.
Our periodontists are specialty trained and very experienced in a variety bone grafting procedures. The placement of bone grafts or lifting of the sinus to create room for dental implants will ensure your implants are adequately supported and stand the test of time.
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Implants function and feel just like natural teeth so you can brush, floss, and eat normally.
Your implant will be crafted to fit seamlessly with your smile and will look exactly like a real tooth.
Implants are made of biocompatible titanium which fuses to your jaw, thus preventing bone deterioration associated with tooth loss.
Once you’ve been approved for treatment, the doctor will provide a surgical plan and our friendly treatment coordinators will help you to understand your insurance benefits and schedule your surgery. During the surgery, your doctor will make an incision in your gum tissue to securely place a dental implant in the jaw. Last, sutures will be placed to begin the healing process.
Your gums and jawbone will begin to heal once your implant has been placed. After 1-2 weeks, the incision site will be healed, but it will take 3-6 months for the implant to permanently bond with your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. To ensure you are healing properly, we will see you for a couple of check ups during the osseointegration process.
The final step in the implant treatment process will be completed by your general dentist or prosthodontist. Your restoration, or prosthetic dental crown, will be custom crafted to match your smile and securely affixed to the titanium implant. Once your new tooth is in place, your smile will be complete!
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Single tooth implants are the most-frequently used dental implant and are made up of two main parts. The first is the dental implant, which is a titanium rod with a screw-like shape. The second part is the dental crown, or restoration, which will be attached to the titanium rod. This dental crown reinstates the shape, function, and appearance of your natural tooth. Unlike a partial denture, single-tooth implants are extremely durable and never move or shift.
Full arch implants are great for patients who are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth. By using 4-6 dental implants, your entire upper or lower set of teeth can be replaced. Full arch implants are more permanent and natural-looking than dentures, and usually costs less than replacing each tooth individually. Importantly, this type of procedure will also restore your chewing function better than any other full-arch tooth replacement option.
Titanium dental implants are made in trusted laboratories that supply a wide selection of pre-selected standard post sizes. The restoration, on the other hand, is a custom-made appliance. This ensures each patient gets a result that meets their exact needs. Your general dentist will either make your dental implant in-house using a milling machine, or they will send detailed impressions or models to a partner lab.
This lab will create a long-lasting, resilient dental implant restoration just for you. Most crowns are crafted out of porcelain which is durable and looks uniquely similar to tooth enamel. Once the crown is ready, the lab will send it back to our office, and we will complete the procedure by securely attaching your implant crown in place.
When placed properly and maintained with care, dental implants can last for 30 years or more. In fact, It’s quite common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. Dental implants cannot get cavities, but they can be affected by bone loss similar to periodontal disease. Proper oral hygiene at home and through routine cleaning appointments is very important to help ensure the long term health of your dental implant.
The implant restoration, however, may not last as long. Restorations such as dental crowns or overdentures take on regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more. After time, the restoration may need to be replaced to keep your smile healthy and functional. By coming in for regular exams, your dentist can check to ensure your restoration is in good condition.
Yes, dental implants can become infected. This type of infection is known as “peri-implantitis,” and usually only occurs if the implant is not kept clean or is not properly cared for after surgery.
Follow your doctor’s instructions while recovering. Be sure to brush and floss regularly after your implant has healed, and visit your dentist or periodontist for routine checkups and cleanings to keep the implant as healthy as possible.
Yes. After losing a tooth, your jaw will no longer be stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. This causes bone loss to occur and also weakens the jaw bone.
When the dental implant post is placed, it will bond directly into the jaw bone and act as an artificial tooth root. This titanium “tooth root” transmits the force of chewing and biting through the dental crown and into your jaw bone just like a real tooth would, keeping it healthy and strong.
After your consultation visit and CBCT scan (3D imaging), your periodontist may determine that you are a good candidate to have your implant placed at the same time your tooth is extracted. In most cases, we will coordinate with your restorative dentist to give you a temporary tooth, which will be removable, that you can wear until your implant is strong enough to support a fixed tooth. Sometimes it is possible to put a temporary tooth onto the implant on the same day as the surgery. Talk to your periodontist to find out what option will result in the best results for your smile.