Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dental implants are a practical solution for missing teeth. Missing teeth can affect how you feel about your smile, foods you eat and your oral health.
Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or shifting during social situations or while eating.
Conveniently, dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth – brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings.
Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth. It is possible to support a dental bridge using a dental implant without altering your natural teeth, providing a more conservative approach to your treatment.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
Many patients believe missing teeth are mostly a cosmetic problem. This is a common concern, as your smile is something you use every day and plays a big role in your personal expression.
Dental implants offer a long-term solution to improve your smile. We will make sure your dental implant is highly aesthetic by matching it to adjacent teeth.
Losing your natural tooth can also put your oral health at risk. Missing teeth place additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage or wear. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods you need for good health.
When patients lose teeth, their bone begins to deteriorate, causing their facial features to have a sunken appearance.
Dental implants can stop this process.
Are Dental Implants for Me?
While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.
A complete oral evaluation will help us determine if you have sufficient bone, if you are healthy enough for dental implant treatment, and determine if this treatment will benefit you.
What Is the Procedure?
Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for bone grafts, sinus lifts or other procedures to assist successful dental implant placement.
The titanium rods for your implants will then be placed. Once you have healed, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. We will fit your final restoration, shaping it to feel comfortable.
For more information about dental implants or to arrange an appointment, please call our practice and speak with us directly. We look forward to providing you with comfortable dental care for a healthy smile.