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Dental Implants

Lets Start From The Beginning

A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Dental Implants

Unhappy about a missing tooth?

The doctor will evaluate your bone is healthy and that you are a good candidate for an implant. A missing tooth is not only unattractive but allows other teeth is the mouth to shift and over erupt.Generally speaking, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. It is important that you are in good health, however, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you.

The healing abutement

Implant with the healing cap

The implant is placed and allowed to heal. This allows for he bone to grow creating a strong bond with the implant and the gums to allow a natural shape around your new crown.

Implant Crown

The final restoration

The final restoration looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Only you and your dentist will know its a crown.

Implant supported Denture

If you are missing all of your teeth

If all of your lower teeth are missing, depending on the design of the removable restoration, two to six implants may be used to support a lower denture. If all of your upper teeth are missing, a minimum of four implants may be used to support an upper denture. Removable dentures are often used to replace extensive tooth, bone and gum-tissue loss, thus providing support for the facial skeleton, lip and cheeks. A new denture can have attachments that snap or clip it into place on the implants or a custom made, milled bar can be fabricated to create additional strength and support for the restoration. facilitating the cleaning of the dental implants.