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Implants & Bridges

Dental Implants

Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of the teeth. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. A period of healing is then often required to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post.

Following this healing period, our dentist will place the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing and your personal dental needs, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is custom made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically.

Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. A dental implant is a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime.

Depending on your needs, our dentists may suggest implant-supported dentures. These replacements are similar to traditional dentures, but are stabilized by dental implants. These implants keep your dentures secure, and allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Implant Restoration

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Don’t let a missing tooth cause you to grimace and mumble your way through life. Dental implants are a long-term solution to your problem. With proper care, dental implants can last up to 20 years, and they will tear through food just like a regular tooth.

When a person begins to lose his or her teeth, a common concern is, “I don’t want to have to worry about dentures, taking my teeth in and out, and the embarrassment of having them drop into my glass in a restaurant.”

We hear you! Dental implants are the anchored solution. You don’t need neighboring support teeth as with dental bridges, as the anchors provide the support. And you can keep the surrounding teeth since the crowns are designed to match your natural teeth.

Implant Supported Dentures

Healthy teeth stimulate the jawbone, promoting the growth of bone and tissue around the tooth’s root. Once a tooth is lost, these signals cease, and the bone eventually atrophies, or decreases in mass. Over time, adjacent teeth can loosen and become lost. When a dental implant is used to replace a lost tooth, this process is halted. Healthy bone tissue is preserved, maintaining and improving oral health overall.

In addition to enhancing your health, implant-supported dentures offer a number of unique benefits including:

  • Enhanced stability: Because implant-supported dentures are fixed securely in place, the possibility of dentures shifting out of place is virtually non-existent. Patients can continue to indulge in all the tough, sticky, and hard foods they love without having to worry that their dentures cannot withstand the pressure.
  • Ease-of-use: Dental implants require no messy adhesives. Like your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are anchored directly to the jaw bone.
  • Improved confidence: Historically, denture patients worried their prosthetics might slip out at inopportune moments like meeting new acquaintances or during a family meal. Implant-supported dentures allow you to chew, speak and smile with absolute confidence.

The best way to replace a tooth is to mimic it as closely as possible. Dental implants do just that. Only dental implants replace the entire tooth structure: the root and the crown. This “close to nature” approach has important benefits:

  • Feels and looks like a natural tooth
  • Helps prevent and minimize bone loss
  • Helps preserve surrounding teeth
  • Improves appearance

Dentures provide both restorative and cosmetic benefits. Combining high-quality materials with a meticulous attention to detail, our implant-supported dentures are indiscernible from your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell that you are wearing dentures!