General Dentistry - Dental Implants

Dental Implants have totally changed dentistry and are superior to bridges as a way to replace a missing tooth or secure a denture.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post or screw that replaces the root of a tooth.

When implants are used to replace a tooth there are three components

  • The implant - which is the titanium piece that screws into your jawbone. The implant is completely below the surface of the gums and will not be seen.
  • A connecter piece called an abutment. The abutment screws onto the implant and provides a surface for the dentist to put a crown onto. The abutment is also entirely
  • hidden from view.
  • A crown - The crown is the beautiful ceramic replica of your tooth.

The Connection Between Dental Implants and a Healthy Jaw Bone

Did you know that bone in your jaw will begin to disappear where there are missing teeth? It's true! Dental implants help preserve bone structure by putting the bone to work and keeping it strong.

If you have lost, or will be losing a tooth, you should ask your dentist about getting a dental implant to preserve your jaw bone and replace your missing tooth.

I've Been Missing a Tooth For a Long Time. Can I Still Get a Dental Implant?

The dentist will need to take an x-ray and evaluate the status of your jaw bone in that area. If you've already lost a lot of bone there may be the possibility to do some bone grafting procedures to rebuild your jaw and create a good anchor point for a dental implant. In certain cases the bone loss may be so extensive that a bridge is a better option to replace your missing tooth.

Implants can also be used to support, or retain dentures. Implant retained dentures are superior to dentures held in place with denture adhesives and will give you confidence to eat and talk without losing or spitting out your denture accidently.

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