State-of-the-art replacement for a missing tooth or multiple teeth
Why a Dental Implant?
- A missing tooth or teeth
- Potential bite and jaw joint problems from shifting teeth
- The "sunken face" look associated with missing teeth
- Desire to improve chewing ability
- Desire for a more permanent solution than fixed bridges or dentures
- Desire to improve retention of a denture
- Desire to replace a missing tooth or teeth by means other than a bridge
- Desire for a smile improvement
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an fixture used to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw and then after healing is complete, a porcelain tooth is attached to the top of the implant. This creates a natural looking, undetectable replacement for the missing tooth. Click here to learn more about replacing multiple missing teeth with dental implants. You can also learn about how dental implants can replace all your missing teeth and how dental implants can secure a loose denture.
The benefits of Dental Implant
A dental implant with a porcelain crown attached on top will feel like you've re-grown your natural tooth. They are both durable and esthetic. There is no need to alter the teeth on either side as would be necessary to fill in the space with a bridge. Therefore, an implant crown can be cleaned at home with exactly the same brushing and flossing techniques you would use with your natural teeth. Better home care will mean the implant will have much better longevity than a bridge.
For information on how to care for your new dental implant, click here.
Are there other treatment options?
Fixed bridges are an alternative for one or two missing teeth. Partial dentures are an alternative for a few to several missing teeth. Complete dentures, either implant supported or not, can be used when all the teeth in an arch are missing.