A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is therefore the most susceptible to cavities. The crown is attached to the jawbone by way of the root. When decay has gone deep enough or when a periodontal disease has advanced enough to warrant an extraction, the entire tooth, root and all, is taken out. The dental implant is a titanium root that gets fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw. Once the root heals, we place an artificial crown on top. The new crown is customized to match your bite and the color of your teeth.
What are the benefits of getting teeth implants?
They look and act like natural teeth
They can last a lifetime with the right care
You don’t need any adhesives
They improve appearance, comfort, and speech
It’s easier to eat
The procedure can vary greatly due to the type of implant, location and bone density present. All of the factors affecting your implant procedure will be discussed at your consultation following your 3-D image taken to map and surgically guide your implant placement. Our implants are placed in-office under local anesthesia, just like a filling or extraction. A typical procedure where there is an adequate hight and depth of bone, a series of drills are used to create space in the bone to the appropriate size for the implant. The implant is then slowly placed into the bone and either covered with a small healing cap, or if in the front, covered with a non-functional temporary restoration. After 3 months in areas of dense bone (the lower back teeth) to 6 months in areas of less dense bone (upper teeth) a scan is taken with our CEREC technology and a crown is made same day. Other steps may be needed and are dependent on many factors to be discussed with your dentist during your consultation.