A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed by into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist that we will refer you to. We work with only the “best” surgeons and have many offices we refer you to. After the Implant heals, known as osseointegration our office “takes over”.
We place a “new tooth” on top of the Implant, generally 2-4 months after the initial surgery.
Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
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 can look and feel just like your own!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial restorative for a missing tooth. It is a small screw , about 2/3rd the size of the tooth that is attached to the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. A natural tooth has mainly two parts: the root and the crown. If a tooth is missing, dental implant is used to serve as root, and then a crown is used to cover the implant to reconstruct its shape and size.
A dental implant is made of titanium metal that has various benefits such as corrosion-resistance, durability, low density, high strength and bio-compatibility.
Benefits of dental implants
- Enhances the appearance.
- Restores normal eating ability.
- Can be used to restore one tooth, many teeth or the entire teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
- A permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Restores the smile.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Anybody who has lost one or more teeth owing to an accidental injury, tooth decay or gum disease qualifies for a dental implant. The two important factors that determine the eligibility of dental implant are amount of available bone and the general health of the person wanting an implant.
Can a person of old age have dental implants?
The general health of a person is more of a deciding factor than his or her age. If the health is good, then implant placement can be done.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Your newly restored tooth mirrors your natural tooth. It has to be cared for just like your natural tooth.