Often considered the gold standard for placement of a missing tooth or teeth, implants have grown in popularity due to their longevity, and prognosis for a healthy and stable replacement. Implants are very common in this day and age as a permanent solution to fill an empty space in your mouth for cosmetic reasons or to increase the quality of daily function and to prevent bite collapse.
If multiple teeth are missing a bridge or denture can be fabricated that attaches to dental implants. Patients are then able to take a denture in and out to clean, while providing the upmost security and retention while chewing and speaking.
Our office works in conjunction with some of the most talented specialists to provide you with the best implant care. A consultation is necessary with either the periodontist or the oral surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for implants.
Once the specialist has determined if you are a good implant candidate, the following appointment the specialist would place the implant below the gumline. Communication between the specialist and our office would continue while healing is underway, and until you are ready for the restorative phase of treatment. Restorative portion is the part of the implant ABOVE the gums. The top portion of any implant exactly imitates the look of the missing tooth to give you the impression of a real tooth
Implants are made out of titanium, a very friendly biocompatible material in the mouth. Dental implants do not have the ability to decay, however, if not kept clean and maintained at dental visits gum disease could develop around the implant itself.