Missing a tooth or multiple teeth doesn’t just affect your smile, it could impact speech or health.
Your teeth are designed to work together to maintain proper structure and function of your mouth. If you are missing a tooth the structure and function of your mouth is not as strong as it was with all your teeth. Missing teeth may affect how you speak or eat. A root of a tooth supports the tissue and bone. So when removed, even if it is not noticeable, it can cause your other teeth to shift and bone and tissue loss around the missing tooth.
A dental implant is a post made of biocompatible titanium which acts like your tooth’s root. An implant is placed and fuse with your natural bone and serve as a sturdy foundation for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or hold in a denture containing multiple teeth. Implants are the standard of care for replacing missing teeth and—compared to the other options —a dental implant is most similar to having a natural tooth.
We provide dental implants to our patients through the following sequence:
Consultation and Planning
This includes an initial exam where we listen to your desired outcomes. We will then perform a thorough clinical exam and take diagnostic imaging, and discuss your treatment.
Placement of Dental Implant
The dental implant is placed in the jaw where you are missing the tooth. After placement, the surrounding bone will heal around the implant. Through a process called osseointegration, bone grows around the implant and firmly holds the implant in place.
Placement of Implant Crown/Bridge/Denture
After healing is complete, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth, or to attach your dentures to the implants to help the stay in. In some cases, temporary implant crowns can be placed at the same time as the dental implant.