For patients missing one tooth
, a dental implant is used to act as a root replacement. The implant is placed within the structure of the jaw, under the gumline. The implant becomes integrated within the bone structure over the following 1-2 months, and we are then able to attach a dental crown to the dental implant.
This patient's front tooth is an implant and the prosthetic work was done by Dr. Mark Gustavson.
This provides you with a natural-appearing, cleansable solution to your missing tooth that also enjoys excellent long-term success rates. Many patients have difficulty telling which of their teeth is a dental implant. This is clearly shown in the picture to the right, in which it is difficult to tell which tooth is the implant.
Advantages of Dental ImplantsWhen it comes to tooth replacement there is no better option than dental implants. Removable prosthetics, like dentures, must be carefully cared for and removed at night. They don’t afford you the ability to eat everything you would with your natural teeth. Permanent dental bridges give you a more convenient option that doesn’t require as much special care, but they don’t do much for the health of the bone structure that underlies your gums. Dental implants address your oral health in a way that only natural teeth can compare to.
Because dental implants are surgically placed into the bone of your jaw, they give your jaw the feedback that it would normally receive from a tooth. This true tooth replacement option encourages healthy bone levels and discourages further tooth loss.
Not only do dental implants offer unparalleled health advantages, they give you a plethora of tooth replacement options. They can be used to support a single crown, a permanent fixed bridge, or a permanent full arch solution. They even grant you the ability to support removable tooth replacement solutions if you so wish.
The ProcedureDental implant placement is a straight forward procedure that require a few trips to our office to complete. It starts with an assessment of the condition of the site, where we make sure you have adequate bone levels to support an implant. If a tooth has been missing for a long time, there is a chance that the bone underneath it has receded. If we find that you do not have adequate bone levels to support an implant, we can always schedule a bone graft in order to make an implant viable.
Once it has been determined that your jaw can support an implant we can begin the placement process. We will place a titanium post into you jaw and allow it a few months to heal. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that will fuse with your bone after some healing. Once the implant has healed we can place the crown on top and you will have a complete dental implant.
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