What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a medical-grade titanium screw that acts like the root of a missing tooth. After your bone heals for 4 months around the implant, we will attach an abutment and crown on top to give you chewing and smiling capability.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are multiple benefits to dental implants:
They feel like your natural teeth (don’t move when chewing or speaking)
They help fill in spaces in your smile
They stop shrinkage of your jaw
Frequently Asked Questions
In some instances, we can offer an “immediate load,” or teeth-in-a-day like you see on tv. However, you must have enough bone and no active infection in order to be a candidate. We’re happy to review all possible options for treatment with you when you visit us for a complimentary consult.
Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised with the pain-free process of getting a dental implant. It’s a much quicker and streamlined process than most patients ever imagined.
We are limited by the body’s capability to heal/regrow new bone. After your implant is placed, a new collar of bone will form around it while it’s beneath your gum. The process usually takes 3-4 months. The worst thing we can do is put your crown on too early and make your implant fail so we have to start the process all over again.
Though implants cannot get cavities, they are still at risk for peri-implantitis, a version of gum disease. Smokers, diabetics, and patients on anti-depressants or with low vitamin D levels are at higher risk of losing bone around their implants.
If you have any questions that were not addressed, please reach out to us through our contact page.
Who should consider dental implants?
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants! We’ve treated patients from age 20 up to age 90+. As long as you’re not an uncontrolled diabetic or a heavy smoker, implants may be the right choice for you. A few of our patients who have experienced the life-transforming decision to pursue dental implants include:
Betty, age 67, who replaced her 4 missing front teeth with an implant bridge so she could ditch her old partial denture
Charles, age 22, who replaced his missing front tooth after it had to be extracted from a wrestling accident
Joe, age 90, who couldn’t stand to wear his lower denture. He added 2 dental implants to help anchor his denture and is now happily back to eating pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory
- Eva, age 50, who kept chipping her front teeth because she no longer had back teeth to chew. By adding 2-3 dental implants in each arch, we filled out her smile and gave her a stable bite again
- Scott, age 36, who had too many cavities to save his remaining upper teeth. We placed 7 dental implants and gave him a fixed bridge on top of them so his confidence and speaking/chewing abilities have been restored.
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You’ve got nothing to lose! Swing by our office for a complimentary consult and learn how we can help transform your smile, get you out of pain, or allow you to actually enjoy a solid meal again. We’d love to meet you and change your view of dentistry so you look forward to your future visits with us.