Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are an exciting technology that have been used in our practice for more than 20 years. Dental implants act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and provide the foundation for a crown, bridge, or other dental restoration. Implants have helped hundreds of patients achieve teeth replacement without damaging adjacent teeth or living with cumbersome removable bridges. Dental implants improve biting comfort and stop adjacent teeth from shifting positions. Implants have the added benefit of preventing further bone loss where a tooth was removed, thereby avoiding weakening of the jawbone and caving-in of facial structures.

Is it a surgical procedure?

Yes. We are privileged to work with some of the finest surgeons who place the implant root replacement (known as the implant fixture). Once the bone matures around the fixture, we will take impressions of the dental implant and have a replacement tooth custom-made in the laboratory that will attach to the fixture.

How long do implants take?

This varies. Some teeth or spaces might be able to replaced immediately with implants. Other teeth or spaces will require up to several months of bone maturation prior to teeth replacement.

How do I know if I am a candidate for implant dentistry?

A clinical examination and a routine X-ray can sometimes give us the answer to that question. Often times a special CAT scan is needed to assess if there is adequate bone mass to support an implant. Even with inadequate bone mass, we have special procedures that can enhance bone mass and give an implant the correct bone support.

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