Dental implants are a comfortable, permanent solution for tooth loss. Dentists with expertise in implant placement, oral surgeons, and periodontists replace missing teeth with durable and realistic implants to restore function, beauty, and health to your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace your natural tooth with an artificial tooth. Metal posts replace the root of the tooth to hold it firmly in place. Dental implants are integrated using a surgical procedure that can be complex, involving several activities, including:
- The removal of existing teeth
- Bone grafting (when necessary)
- Dental implant placement
Healing can be a lengthy process in dental implant surgery, as the living bone in your jaw will need to form tightly around the implant post in a process known as osseointegration. In many cases, the implants will not be completed all at once. Instead, there will be multiple surgeries to allow certain parts of the mouth to heal before completing the next set of implants.
The Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are extremely durable and permanent replacement teeth, making them an excellent alternative to crowns, bridges, and dentures, which can be removed. They can also be a solution for patients who are not candidates for dentures or bridgework due to a lack of natural tooth roots.