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Dental Implants

When a tooth is lost due to injury or disease, a person can experience complications such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes in chewing patterns that result in discomfort. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and health. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Dental Implants can transform your smile

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A variety of benefits can come from having a dental implant

Ability to chew all types of food.

Restores cosmetic appearance.

Helps keep the jawbone from shrinking due to bone loss.

Preserves the health of the surrounding bone and gums

Helps keep adjacent teeth stable.

Improved self esteem and quality of life.

Permanent and look and feel like your own teeth.

Improved speech.

What is involved in placing an implant?

First, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. This will serve as the root structure.  As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. This process can take 6-12 weeks or longer. Once the implant has securely bonded to the jawbone, an abutment (connector) is attached to securely attach a new tooth crown to the titanium. Implants can also be used to secure a denture in place.
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Are dental implants right for me?

Considerations regarding implants:

  • Adequate bone needs to be present to hold the implant

  • Patient must be in good overall health with a commitment to proper oral hygiene and routine dental visits

  • Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders (such as diabetes or heart disease), or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Ask the doctor if implants may be the right choice for you.