What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants have been used successfully for many years.
The implant itself is a post that is surgically placed in
the jaw. A prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) is then
attached to the post. Dental implants involve cooperation
between an oral surgeon and our office. The surgical phase
of treatment is completed at a specialists office, and the
restorative phase is completed at our office.
What are Dental Implants Used For?
There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:
- As an artificial root for a fixed prosthesis (usually
a single tooth or fixed bridge).
- As anchors for a removable prosthesis (usually an Implant-Retained
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants are generally considered as an alternative
to Dentures, Partials,
or Bridges. When replacing a missing
tooth in the front of the mouth, nothing looks more natural
than an implant. One important benefit of implants when used
for Implant-Retained Dentures
is that they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue under
- 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
- Dental implants never develop decay.
- Dental implants never require root canals.
- Dental implants preserve the jawbone, which can prevent
- 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?
The gum is gently folded back and a space
is prepared for the implant to be placed.
The dental implant "anchor"
is put into place.
A temporary cap is placed on the implant
and the gum tissue is repositioned around the implant.
The implant is left alone for several months so the
bone can attach to the implant and create a secure anchor.
After the implant has had a chance to
attach to the bone tissue, the temporary cap is removed
from the anchor and a post is attached to the anchor.
The implant is now ready for a prosthesis.
An impression is taken of the implant and the appropriate
prosthesis (crown, bridge
or overdenture) is
The prosthesis is then attached to the
Considering a Dental Implant?
If you are considering a dental implant, contact
us for an evaluation appointment. Your dentist
and the oral surgeon 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.