Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

What are the advantages of an implant over a bridge or denture? A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options, including:

* Maintain the integrity of your remaining teeth. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that the adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge. When replacing multiple teeth, bridges and partial dentures rely on support from adjacent teeth, while implant- supported bridges do not.

Under the category “Implants” view the video, “Bridge vs Implant Tooth Replacement.”

* Maintain bone health. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, your jawbone is better preserved. Implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep your bone healthy and intact. With a bridge or denture, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth starts to deteriorate.

Under the category “Implants” view the video, “Extractions and Bone Loss” to see how tooth extraction without implant replacement can result in bone loss.

* Long-term benefits. In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional, and comfortable. On the other hand, gums and bone can recede around a bridge or denture which leaves a visible defect, deteriorated bone from bridges and dentures can lead to a collapsed and unattractive smile, and cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that are anchoring the bridge. Finally, removable dentures can move around in your mouth, reducing your ability to eat certain foods.

Under the category “Implants” view the video, “Denture Stabilized with 2 Implants.”

In our office more often than not we are able to remove the involved tooth and place the implant at the same time, thus significantly shortening the time from start to having a permanent tooth replacement.

Under the category “Implants” view the video, “Tooth Removal and Immediate Implant.”

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