Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

The implant is a titanium root form which is placed with local anesthetic in the former position of a lost tooth. An abutment is later placed into the implant once it heals. An abutment serves to holds a crown in place or retain a denture with precision attachments called locators.


What are Mini-Implants?

Mini implants are similar to regular implants only with a smaller diameter. These implants can work well in area of thin dense bone where teeth have been missing for a long time. Visit Mini Implants to learn more.

 

What are Dental Implants Used For?

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There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:

  1. As an artificial root for a single tooth replacement.
  2. As anchors for a fixed or removable prosthesis to replace multiple teeth.


What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

With the exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks more natural than an implant. One important benefit of implants is that they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue from the area of the missing tooth, thus preventing premature aging.

  • Of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64, approximately 49% are missing at least one tooth.
  • Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised.
  • More than nine out of ten implants last longer than 15 years.
  • Dental implants never develop decay.
  • Dental implants never require root canals.
  • Dental implants preserve the jawbone, which can prevent premature aging.
  • No one can be disqualified for implant treatment solely because of their age -- some patients receive implant treatment when they are in their nineties!


How Are Dental Implants Placed?

Step One:

The gum is gently folded back and a space is prepared for the implant to be placed.

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Step Two:

The dental implant shaped like the former tooth root is put into place.


Step Three:

A healing cap is placed on the implant and the gum tissue is repositioned around the implant. The implant is left alone for several months sso the bone and implant can properly integrate.

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Restorative Phase:

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Step One:

After the implant is healed for 3-6 months the healing cap is removed and an abutment is attached to the implant.


Step Two:

The implant is now ready for a prosthesis. An impression is taken of the implant and the appropriate prosthesis (crown, bridge or overdenture) is made.

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Step Three:

The prosthesis is then attached to the implant(s).

Considering a Dental Implant?

If you are considering a dental implant, contact us for an evaluation appointment. We will perform an evaluation to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. If you are a good candidate for an implant, we will provide you with further information to help you decide.

 

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