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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. A person who has lost teeth will regain the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. A dental implant provides the foundation for replacement teeth that feel, look and function like a natural tooth. They are so natural-looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. The titanium that dental implants are made from is a biologically compatible material that is also used to replace knees, hips, and other artificial joints. Once the dental implant is placed it will take a few months to heal and fuse to the underlying bone. Once healed your dentist will fabricate a replacement tooth that is attached to the dental implant.

Single tooth replacement

A single tooth implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. It will look and function like a natural tooth as well as preserve the bone. Long term a single dental implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge with no risk of decay.

Multiple tooth replacement

Implant supported bridges can replace multiple missing teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Traditional treatment options to replace the loss of several teeth such as bridges or removable partial denture place additional forces on adjacent teeth that can potentially lead to other complications and ultimately failure. As with single tooth implants bone will be preserved with the placement of multiple dental implants.

Replacing all of your teeth

An implant supported denture can replace all of your missing teeth. Dental implants can provide retention for loose dentures by using attachments or snaps to attach the denture to the dental implants. Conventional dentures make it difficult to eat many foods because there is no stability of the denture.The more implants that are placed the more stability there will be with the denture. Implant supported dentures are designed to be long lasting and comfortable that will also allow stronger biting and chewing ability. Bone is again preserved with in the jaw helping the keep the bone healthy and intact. Long term implant can be more esthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures.