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People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The "root" is usually made of titanium, the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and it is well-suited to pair with human bone. Once the implant is securely in place, a replacement tooth is fixed to the post. The replacement tooth can be either permanently attached or removable, depending on your preference and needs. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS? The ideal candidate for dental implants is a non-smoker with good oral health, including sufficient bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no signs of gum disease. Dental implants are suitable for people missing one or more teeth and can also be used to support a full bridge or denture in those who have lost all their teeth.

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE IMPLANTS Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant and one replacement tooth will suffice. For several missing teeth in a row, strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. If you have lost all your teeth, a full bridge or denture can be securely fixed in your mouth using a strategic number of implants.

ADVANTAGES OVER DENTURES OR BRIDGES Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants are fixed to the bone, making them more stable and reliable. This stability enables better eating and speaking abilities, providing you with increased confidence in your smile. Dental implants also offer a more natural look and feel, as they mimic the function of natural teeth and have a stronger biting force. Unlike bridges, which typically last seven to ten years, and dentures, which may need frequent adjustments, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care.

POST-TREATMENT CARE Taking care of your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining healthy implants. Just like natural teeth, proper oral hygiene and regular checkups will ensure the longevity of your replacement teeth.

IMPLANT SERVICES Our implant services include:

  1. Sinus Infracture Augmentation: This surgical procedure restores the sinus cavity to its original size and replaces lost bone, enabling the placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth.
  2. Implant Site Development: Various types of bone grafting can be done at the time of tooth extraction to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
  3. Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: Advanced software allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for precise bone assessment and ideal dental implant placement.
  4. Implant Maintenance: Keeping your dental implants clean and infection-free is crucial for their long-term success. Regular professional cleanings are necessary to maintain healthy implants tailored to your individual needs.

If you are considering dental implants or have any questions about this revolutionary tooth replacement option, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. Our experienced team will guide you through the process and help you achieve a beautiful, functional smile that can last a lifetime.