What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. By choosing to have a dental implant, it gives your dentist the ability to place a crown, or denture, in the area of a missing tooth. When a dental implant is placed where teeth are missing, it helps preserve the jaw bone that would normally atrophy, or shrink, after a tooth has been lost. As far as replacement options go, a dental implant is the closest that you can get to a healthy, natural tooth.
How long is the process?
Because each case is different, treatment to fit your specific needs may vary from one surgical procedure to multiple. The healing timeline also varies, but generally takes about 4-8 months. You will have the option of a temporary replacement tooth throughout the process.
How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?
Patients have the opportunity to replace one teeth, multiple teeth, or all teeth with single dental implants, implant supported bridges, and implant supported dentures. Click here to learn more about dental implant supported bridges and dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- When you replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant, it prevents the teeth on either side of the missing tooth from needing any additional, invasive dental work.
- It allows you to floss, clean and care for your teeth just as if it were a natural tooth.
- The implant stimulates your jaw bone, keeping it alive and healthy. Without the implant, your jaw may shrink, possibly causing damage to the surrounding teeth.
Ultimately, there are many options to consider when thinking about having a dental implant. Contact our office to set up a consultation to see which option best fits your needs and desires.