Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Tooth loss can have devastating effects, leading to impaired dental function, jawbone degeneration, and cosmetic concerns. Today’s dental implants consist of an artificial tooth root, to which a crown is attached. The implant looks just like your natural teeth, without a visible difference when you smile. Further, dental implants do not decay.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are small, threaded titanium posts, which are placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots. The posts fuse with your jawbone acting as the root of your tooth. Your new crown is supported by the titanium post placed in your jaw bone. Dental implants create a lasting solution for tooth loss, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.

Single Tooth Implant

Learn how a dental implant substitutes the root structure of a missing front tooth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Aside from the obvious oral health benefits, implants deliver a wide array of additional advantages. Dental implants offer:

  • Durability
  • Dental implants are resilient and strong. They commonly last a lifetime with proper care, becoming a permanent part of your oral anatomy.

  • Improved Aesthetics
  • Restored dental implants can look and feel just like natural teeth. Modern restorative materials can be color-matched to blend with your smile for a brilliant, lifelike appearance.

  • Increased Confidence
  • When you are missing teeth, you may find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh or smile. Dental implants fill in the gaps for an aesthetic appearance and a considerable boost in self-esteem.

  • Improved Speech
  • Traditional removable dentures can slip and lead to slurred and unclear speech. Dental implants function like natural teeth, so you can speak with confidence.

  • Optimal Function
  • Once your jaw has healed around your implants, you will have no dietary restrictions. You can continue to eat the foods you love without worry.

  • No Cavities
  • Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay. However, it is important to brush and floss to avoid gingivitis and gum disease.

  • Predictability
  • Dental implants are dependable and reliable when placed by an experienced dentist. Compared to alternative replacement options, implants boast an extremely high success rate.

  • Preservation of Healthy Teeth
  • When receiving a traditional dental bridge, your adjacent teeth must be altered to support the restoration. With dental implants, your healthy teeth are left intact, as implant placement does not affect healthy tooth structure.

Preparing for an Implant

Before having dental implants placed, our dentist will follow routine steps to assess your oral, medical and general health. He will carefully examine your oral cavity, including the area of your mouth where the potential implant is to be placed. Further, Dr. Gregson will assess your bite and evaluate any aesthetic concerns.

Additionally, you will take x-rays and special radiographs with our cone beam scanner. The cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT provides a view below the gum line. At this point, we can determine if you require any preparatory procedures to increase the chances of successful treatment.

Some common preparatory procedures include:

One or more of these procedures may be necessary to prepare your oral cavity. On the other hand, some can simply improve the longevity or durability of your results.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Advanced 3D Imaging Technology

Replace Your Missing Teeth

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