Are you wondering what the best tooth-replacement option on the market is? It’s dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that we surgically place into your jawbone. It acts as the tooth’s root. Then, a custom crown sits on top of the implant and is the part of your tooth that you can see. Dental implants are the best tooth-replacement option because they replace the entire tooth, not just the crown. You might not know it, but your tooth roots have essential jobs that you can’t replace without an implant. Your roots hold your tooth in place, take the impact of biting and chewing (so your gums don’t get sore), and they stimulate your jawbone to prevent bone loss.
Dental implants can replace one tooth or multiple. It just depends on your needs. Since it is surgery, you’ll have to be fit for surgery to get a dental implant. The other requirements are that you have enough jawbone to hold the implant (if you don’t, we can’t do a bone graft) and that you have a missing tooth or a tooth that we can not save.
During your initial visit, we’ll thoroughly examine your mouth to identify the cause of your missing teeth. If there is gum disease or tooth decay present, we’ll treat that first before proceeding. On the day of your implant surgery, we’ll place the implant and a healing abutment (sometimes called a healing cap). Once your surgery site has healed (4 – 6 months), we’ll take impressions and place your crown.
You’ll enjoy a tooth restoration that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth with dental implants. No one will be able to tell that you have an implant!