Replacing Lost Teeth From Roots Up
Unlike other prosthetics, dental implants replace the roots of your tooth for a truly complete solution to tooth loss. We encourage you to speak with your dentist to find out if this restorative treatment is best suited to your needs.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are composed of a three-part tooth replacement solution. The true dental implant is a titanium post that your dentist will implant surgically into your jawbone. Within several months, you will heal as the post fuses to your jaw tissue during a process called osseointegration, replacing your tooth’s missing roots. Next, we will place an abutment onto the post, which rests above your gumline. This piece connects your restoration – or the visible portion of your tooth replacement – to your implant. Restorations may include dental crowns for individual tooth replacement, or implant-retained prosthetics like dentures to replace multiple teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants Significant?
Your smile has many functions in your life, including providing you with a way to express your joy, assisting you in speaking, and allowing you to comfortably and successfully chew. Your teeth and your jaw work together to remain healthy. When you suffer from tooth loss, side effects may include the shifting of your remaining teeth into the empty space. Or, you may experience jaw deterioration. This happens because your natural tooth roots stimulate your jaw when you bite down, alerting the bone that it needs to remain healthy to support a mouth full of teeth. By choosing dental implants, you can enjoy a beautifully restored smile, preserve the alignment of your remaining smile, and prevent the break down of your jaw tissue.
Am I A Good Candidate?
Candidacy rests heavily on the health of your jaw, which must be strong enough to support dental implants. In addition, your dentist will need to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. If you suffer from a weak jawbone, we may suggest same-day implants, which utilized smaller implant posts requiring less support. Or, your dentist may perform bone grafting to improve the strength and density of your jawbone in preparation for surgery.