Our natural teeth provide us with the abilities to chew and smile with confidence. But losing a tooth, while inconvenient and sometimes painful, doesn't mean your carefree days of toothy grins and eating your favorite foods have to be over. We know that a missing tooth can have an immediate effect on your day-to-day activities, so we offer an excellent solution — dental implants! Implants are the next best thing if we can't have our natural teeth, and odds are you’ll quickly forget that you even have an implant.
There are three parts to a dental implant: the implant itself, an abutment, and a crown (or other restoration). The dental implant is a small titanium post that we place into the jawbone. This post is biocompatible and will fuse with your jawbone to create a secure anchor for the restoration. The abutment sits on top of the implant to support the restoration. The restoration — typically a crown or dental bridge — is meticulously crafted to fit your mouth and blend with the surrounding teeth. After all is said and done, your smile will be as good as new!
Dental implants are not just for seniors! No matter your age, if you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you might be a good candidate for dental implants. Not all mouths are the same, though, so we can’t say for sure if they will work for you until we’ve performed an exam and a few tests.
The placement of the implant is not uncomfortable, and we do all we can to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. You may experience soreness after the procedure, and we can treat that with medication if you are too uncomfortable. We can also help anxious patients feel more at ease with sedation options.
The implant itself mimics a natural tooth's root. It won't show once the process is complete because we attach a natural-looking tooth restoration to the top of your implant. We work hard to create a custom-made restoration that blends into your smile, so most people won't be able to tell the difference between your restoration and your natural teeth!
Dental implants are safe for most people. However, patients who smoke or have a medical condition, such as diabetes or compromised immune systems may not be good candidates for dental implants. Before getting dental implants, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw and decide if implants are right for you.
Once the procedure is complete, your smile will look great and your implants, with restorations, will function no differently than your natural teeth do. With proper care, your dental implants, and your beautiful new smile can last a lifetime! However, you may have to replace the tooth restoration on top of your implant from natural wear over time.