People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant is usually made of titanium, the same material used in many replacement hips and knees and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. Once the implant is integrated into the bone, a process that usually takes 3-4 months, the implant is restored by placing a crown on top of it.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
While our office does not surgically place implants, we do work closely with local surgeons to assure that the implant is placed in the correct location. Once the implant is integrated, our office can restore the implant with a esthetic and functional zirconia crown.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, a single restored implant will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a porcelain fixed bridge.
If you have lost all of your teeth, implants can be placed to help support a removable denture or even support a full-arch fixed implant bridge.
Consider your implants to be very similar to natural teeth. They require daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.