Do you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth? Do you have difficulty chewing? Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak, and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that look and feel just like your own. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made out of titanium that a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist places into your jaw to hold a porcelain tooth, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or another reason.
Dental implants are actually longer lasting than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. They are so natural looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Your confidence in your smile affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good oral and general health. Adequate bone density is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal disease.
We perform surgery to anchor the “artificial root” into your jaw bone. The procedure is performed in the dental office with local anesthesia. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.
The process can take several months to complete. After the implants are placed surgically, the healing process can take up to four months. The fitting of the replacement teeth usually takes less than two months.
It is important to floss and brush around the fixture at least twice a day. Regular scheduled cleanings in the office will help you ensure healthy gums.