If you have missing, broken, or loose teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental implants. Dental implant treatment is a way to replace natural teeth that may have been lost to trauma or disease. An “implant” refers to a anchor made of medical-grade titanium that can be placed into the bone. A crown or bridge can then be placed on the implant to restore normal function. Implants are the nearest thing we have to “natural” replacements for missing teeth, and often may be indistinguishable from the natural tooth or teeth that the implants replace.
To determine if you are a candidate for implant therapy we will need to see you for an evaluation. Following the evaluation, treatment options will be discussed. You will also be informed if there is any need for additional treatment or surgical procedures, including bone grafting or gum tissue augmentation, as an integral part of your implant therapy. Our office will work closely with your restorative or general dentist throughout the entire process.
When a tooth is extracted, the bone that was holding the tooth in place undergoes atrophy. This can result in an insufficient foundation for implants. Bone grafting can repair these sites.
This type of surgery takes advantage of your body’s natural process of turning over bone. Your periodontist can perform a surgery to place bone mineral into the area of deficiency. Over time the mineral will be replaced with your own, living bone, providing the support necessary to replace missing teeth.