Dental Implants

Naturally, our teeth are important to us. But when your smile actually affects your standard of
living, the appearance and function of your teeth take on a whole new meaning.

Nobody wants to endure the embarrassment of slipping dentures or missing teeth. When these
circumstances are simply unacceptable, it’s time to consider a dental implant. Dental implants can
offer a far more desirable alternative for replacing missing teeth than conventional bridges or
dentures. With implants, the dentist does not have to cut down adjacent teeth, and you can avoid
bulky removeable partials.

1. How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are small titanium pins. The implant acts as an artificial root, integrating into the
jawbone. Implants can be used to support single crowns, bridges and dentures. So, whether you
are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants may be an option for you.

2. Am I a Candidate For Dental Implants?
We will use study models, x-rays and a clinical examination to determine whether implants are
right for you. Comparisons with other traditional methods for treating your problem will be
discussed.

3. What is the Implant Procedure?
Dental implants are typically done in two stages. In the first stage, the site is precisely prepared
and the implant is inserted into the jawbone. Usually, the implant is covered by the gums. After
approximately 3 to 6 months of healing to allow the bone to grow around the surface of the
implant, the top of the implant is uncovered.

The second stage occurs when your new teeth are custom made. This phase includes the making
of impressions of your implant, then fabrication and placement of your new teeth.

4. Are There Any Special Requirements For Taking Care Of Dental Implants?
Caring for implants is a simple as taking care of your own teeth. Just follow the basics of good
oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups. The staff in our office will
show you how to keep your new teeth clean.

Figure 1A
Implant Surgically Implanted
Figure 1B
Metal Abutment Screwed In
Figure 1C
Implant Restored With Crown