Teeth brace each other against the forces of biting and chewing. When one is gone, the others can shift out of place.
Teeth share the load evenly. With fewer teeth, there is more load for each tooth, putting teeth at risk for wear and breakage.
Shifting teeth and imbalanced bite forces can increase your risk of developing TMJ.
More Lost Teeth
Shifting teeth can get harder to clean, increasing the risk of gum disease, and with more damaging force, you might lose additional teeth.
A missing tooth is the most visible cosmetic defect in a smile. People jump to conclusions about a person who is missing one or more teeth.
They look just like natural teeth. No one will be able to tell you lost a tooth.
They are anchored independently in the jawbone. They don’t use hooks or clasps and aren’t attached to neighboring teeth.
Eat all your favorite foods and speak clearly with no worry about dentures that might slip or click.
No special cleaning: just brush, floss, and see the dentist.
Unlike dentures and dental bridges, dental implants stimulate your jawbone to keep it strong.
Can replace one tooth, a few teeth, or all your teeth.
Dental implants are made of a titanium root topped with an advanced ceramic crown.
With proper maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Your body accepts titanium so readily that it actually incorporates it into your bone.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants take time, but the process isn’t complicated.
Preparing for Dental Implants
Your mouth may not be ready for dental implants at first. We may need to:
- Remove damaged teeth
- Treat gum disease
- Add bone to support the implant
Placing Dental Implants
- Dental implant is placed in the jawbone
- Dental crown might be placed the same day
Placing Dental Crown
- If it wasn’t placed right away, dental crown is placed 4-6 months later
- Dental Implant is fully integrated into bone
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Almost everyone who has lost teeth is a candidate for dental implants. The ideal candidate:
- Is in good oral and general health
Not in Good Health? Treatments are available.
- Is a nonsmoker
Smoker? You’ll have to quit while implants heal—and it’s best if you quit altogether.
- Has good bone density at the implant site
Limited bone? Bone grafting can make the site ready for implants.
- Is committed to caring for dental implants
Not Committed? We can help you make the commitment or find a better option.