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Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are typically the best option to replace missing teeth with ones that look, feel, and perform closest to natural teeth. During the first step of this procedure, a titanium implant is surgically placed in the patient's jaw where the tooth used to be. A replacement tooth is custom made and fixed to the implant once the gums and bone have fully healed around the implant.

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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Implants are not for everyone. You must be in good general health, have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to support the implant(s). You must be willing to see your dentist or dental specialist several times until the work is done, and take very good care of your implant(s). In addition, implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth.


If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During this consultation visit, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Ultimately it will be determined if dental implants are suitable for you.


For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The doctor will uncover the implant(s) and attach a small healing collar. After about two weeks impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the artificial teeth are made. Once back from the lab, the final restoration can be attached to the implant. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.

During the process, most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.



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