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When you lose teeth, it not only changes the way you look, but it can keep you from eating your favorite foods and smiling with confidence. And while dentures and removable bridges may help, many people today are seeking a more stable, natural-looking way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have become increasingly popular because they provide a strong, secure anchor for artificial replacement teeth. With dental implants, your new teeth will look, feel and function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence.

What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Dental implants provide secure anchors for the placement of an artificial tooth or set of artificial teeth. Dental implants:

  • Look, feel and function like natural teeth
  • Allow you to eat virtually any type of food
  • Prevent bone deterioration that might occur as a result of missing teeth
  • Preserve facial structure
  • Let you smile with confidence

How do dental implants work?
Made from the strongest titanium, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Over the next several months, the implants will gradually bond with the bone, creating a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implants, and artificial teeth are placed over the posts. The new teeth are completely natural looking, and will allow you to eat virtually any type of food.

Why choose dental implants over traditional dentures or bridgework?
While traditional dentures and bridgework can help to improve the appearance of missing teeth, many people find them inconvenient, uncomfortable and less natural looking. For many people, dental implants offer clear advantages over traditional dentures or bridgework. In addition to being a more aesthetic choice, dental implants also feel and function more like your natural teeth. What’s more, with dental implants, there’s no need to sacrifice healthy adjacent teeth to provide support for bridgework.

What should I expect from dental implant surgery?
Traditional dental implant surgery usually involves two surgical procedures placed several months apart. During the first phase, the implants are placed within the jawbone. Typically, patients will then wait 3 to 6 months in order to allow the implants to bond securely with the jawbone. Most patients can wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this interim. During the second procedure the implants are uncovered and then small posts are attached that will serve as healing fixture until final replacement teeth are made.

Can dental implant surgery be done in a single procedure?
Yes. Many most advanced techniques for dental implant surgery allow single-stage treatment. With single-stage dental implants a second procedure to uncover the implants is not needed. It’s important to remember, however, that implants will need time to heal before artificial teeth can be fitted, usually a minimum of six weeks. We will carefully assess your condition and discuss all your options with you.

How many dental implants will I need?
The number of dental implants needed will depend on the location and number of missing teeth, as well as the type of prosthesis (replacement teeth) chosen. We will discuss your individual circumstances with you.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants will be in good overall health and have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone to serve as a foundation for dental implants. But, even if you don’t have the optimal jawbone, it is possible to use advanced techniques, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift, in order to allow successful placement of dental implants. Call to make an appointment for a personal consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.