Dental Implants are becoming more commonly used to replace missing teeth.
They are a great way to provide a fixed solution. A dental implant consists a titanium post that is placed into the jaw where there teeth is missing.
Just like when someone gets a hip or knee replacement, titanium is used because it is compatible with bone and allows the bone to grow around the screw keeping it firmly attached.
A tooth is then attached to the implant to restore the smile.
Some of the reasons people often have implants
- Fill in space of missing teeth
- Stabilize dentures
- Cosmetic enhancement of their smile
- Prevent other teeth from moving
- Difficulties chewing and speaking
- They wish to upgrade from a removable dentures to a permanent dental appliance
Dental implants help to preserve bone.
Just like muscle, if you don’t use it you lose it. Whenever you bite down or chew on food, forces are transmitted through your tooth into the surrounding jawbone.
This stimulation helps keep the jawbone healthy and strong, but if you have a tooth extracted then your jawbone loses this stimulation leading to atrophy.
Having a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant means that every time you bite down on the implant these forces are transmitted into the jawbone once more, helping to provide the stimulation it needs to stay healthy.
Can I get implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone.
Extraction & Socket preservation
Sometimes, we are faced with having to extract a tooth. Most people will choose to replace a missing tooth at some point in time in the future with a bridge or an implant. Before you decide to extract your tooth, make sure you’ve been told about your options just in case you would like plan for a replacement tooth for the future.
After a tooth extraction, the jaw bone changes as it heals. It is common to see approximately 50% of the bone jaw height and width are reduced within the first three months.
Watch these Dental Implant videos to learn more
We take the time to get to know every patient
because we pride ourselves on patient focused care.