A dental implant can best be described as an artificial root of a tooth. The implant made of titanium is placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal by fuse to the bone. The implant has a threaded center that will let a dentist screw a crown or other prosthesis into the implant. This means we can create a fixed tooth where no tooth existed before.  


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What can implants be used for?

Replace one or more missing teeth

Restore a patient’s smile

Restore chewing, speech, and digestion

Restore or enhance facial tissues

Support a bridge or denture

Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or in conjunction with other implants fabricate fixed bridgework. These fixed bridges can replace and entire missing arch of teeth. This can be done with an all-on-4 procedure, where all the remaining teeth are removed and a fixed bridge is screwed into place on the same day. Implants can also be used to clip removable dentures into place. These attachments will significantly increase the stability and retention of both full and partial dentures. 

Implant placement and implant restoration are separate procedures.

Implant placement is a surgical procedure we recommend be done by an oral surgeon or periodontist. They use 3D imaging to determine ideal placement of the implant. Many surgeons are now using guided surgery to ensure the best possible result. Implant restoration is done by a restorative dentist. In conjunction with a lab the implant restorations are fabricated to ideal fit.  


How do I care for my implants?

Care of implants is very similar to your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing around the implants should be done several times a day.  Some patients find the use of a water-pik to help in implant maintenance. You should continue your routine visits to the dental office.  If properly maintained implants should be a long lasting restoration.