Dental implants have become today’s treatment of choice and standard of care for replacing a single tooth. Past options were limited to bridges or partial dentures which eventually needed replacement and required modifying adjacent teeth. A single dental implant does not compromise the health of nearby teeth, as other options might. An implant substitutes the root structure of a missing tooth. It helps to preserve bone, tissue and surrounding teeth which otherwise will deteriorate. Dental implants look, feel and act like natural teeth.
A dental implant is a threaded titanium post (root form) placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. Titanium is the preferred metal because it is biocompatible and fuses well with living bone. Once appropriate healing and integration of the implant has taken place, the implant is restored with a natural looking crown by your dentist. Depending on the complexity, additional healing times and appointments may be necessary. Our offices works closely with your dentist during the entire implant process.
While dental implants have no risk of developing cavities, they are still susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease. It is very important to keep the bone and tissue healthy around the implant by daily brushing and flossing. Along with good oral hygiene, visit your dental professional for regular cleanings and exams. With proper maintenance and home care, implants can last a lifetime.