Dental implants are a treatment option for a missing tooth or teeth. They are designed to provide a foundation for the replacement tooth, just as a root is the foundation for a natural tooth. Once restored with a crown (cap) or bridge, implants look and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants are titanium "posts" that are surgically inserted into the jawbones to replace a missing tooth or teeth. After an adequate healing time, a support post or abutment will be placed into the implant. This will be the platform a new crown will be placed upon. In this way, an implant is rebuilding a missing tooth from the bottom up.
Dental implants have a variety of uses, they can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or many teeth. Also, they can be used as anchors for partial or full dentures to provide increased retention for these appliances.
If you are considering implants as an option for a missing tooth or teeth, you will first have a consultation with our doctors. This will entail a review of your medical and dental history, a thorough clinical oral examination, x-rays maybe indicated and impressions or models of your mouth maybe taken. We can then determine whether you are a candidate for implants. Sometimes, an individual's mouth may not be "ideal" for implants, i.e. there maybe bone deficiencies that may need correction before implants can be placed. There a variety of bone augmentation/grafting procedures which maybe indicated in order to insure adequate bone for implants.
After your initial consultation, we will work closely with your dentist in the treatment planning and surgical phase. You will return to your dentist for placement of the final restoration once your implant(s) have healed.
The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in the office with local anesthetics or IV sedation/general anesthesia.