Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth instead of bridges, partials or dentures. In addition, dental implants can create a foundation in which we can place large bridges or stabilize dentures for areas with multiple missing teeth.

Dental implants are placed in the jawbone of the desired area by oral surgeons. They are usually made of metal or ceramic and help to restore the function of a normal tooth in a natural looking way.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. A patient must be in good health and have adequate bone density for success. Implants are not guaranteed and your body could reject the biocompatible material.  A consultation with an oral surgeon can answer many questions as well as determine if you would be a good candidate for a dental implant.

Surgery is necessary to prepare and place the implant into the jawbone. Once the implant has been placed, time is needed to allow bone to adhere around the implant for stabilization before the it can become functional. After this time has passed, you will be able to have a custom crown, bridge, or denture made to replace the area or areas of missing teeth.

Because an implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, proper and consistent oral hygiene and maintenance are imperative to its longevity. This includes regular brushing, flossing and rinsing as well as routine cleanings.


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