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Dental Implants


Dental Implants are a fast-growing area of prosthetic dentistry used to replace one or more missing teeth and are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natural teeth. Dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.

Missing teeth often lead to feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Dental implants are an effective way to correct this problem by giving a person the confidence and comfort a healthy, attractive smile can bring. Also, getting dental implants not only improves the aesthetics of your smile, they improve how your teeth function.

The Procedure

The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone (called "osseointegration"), allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.

The most common indications for implant therapy are:

  • Replacement of one or more missing teeth.
  • Support of a non-removable "bridge" to replace multiple teeth.
  • Support of a removable full or partial denture.
  • Patients who successfully pass a screening and evaluation can be considered as candidates for implant tooth replacement.

The primary limiting factor inherent in implant therapy is the amount of bone available to receive and support the implant. If it's determined that a patient does not have enough bone to support an implant restoration, bone grafting procedures may be considered. Heavy smoking and some medical conditions may preclude the use of implant therapy.

A recent advancement in dental implants is the mini dental implant. This was developed in order to provide greater denture stability. Mini dental implants are designed for those who do not have enough bone to allow for full sized implants to be placed for conventional implant surgery, or are in on-going therapy from one prosthetic denture system to another. Click here to learn more information about Mini Implants.