Dental implants allow us to successfully replace missing single teeth or multiple teeth but are permanently fixed into the bone so they look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants eliminate the need to violate existing teeth, replacing the missing tooth while giving longer healthier life to the neighboring teeth.
A dental implant mimics the root of a tooth and supports a replacement tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that is not rejected by the body. Your bone will bond to the implant by a process called Osseointegration and usually takes 2-3 months to occur. After the implant site heals an implant-supported tooth can be placed.
Any healthy person without gum disease and with enough bone to place the implant is a good candidate. Specific dental radiographs or x-rays are often necessary to determine if there is enough bone for implant placement. The dental surgery is done painlessly with local anesthetic. A site is prepared in the bone where the implant is to be placed. The site is closed with sutures. Most patients are back to work the next day and there is usually very little discomfort from the procedure. Once the site heals, a dental implant supported tooth can be placed.
Dental implants must be cared for much like your natural teeth, with regular recall appointments and professional cleanings to keep the dental implant areas clean and healthy.
Dental Mini Implants
Dental Mini Implants help anchor dentures so they look and feel more like natural teeth. Unsupported dentures rest on the gum tissue causing discomfort, irritation, and pressure that ultimately lead to bone loss.
Dental Mini Implants stimulate the jaw bone and provide separation from the gum tissue thereby maintaining long term bone quality. Dental mini implants allow you to speak, chew and smile with confidence.