What is a dental implant?

Implants are a state-of-the-art replacement for missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth — the crown — in place. The implant emulates the shape of the root and is usually made of titanium and other materials that are well-suited to the human body. The implant is surgically placed into the jaw and incorporates into the bone over time to become a stable base for crowns. Dental implants have been used for several decades by patients of all ages. They can replace a single tooth, several teeth or support partial or full dentures.

Though nothing looks, feels or functions exactly like your natural tooth, dental implants are a viable alternative to help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Are Dental Implants Right for me?

Dental implants and restorations can be a terrific choice for replacing missing teeth or anchoring loose dentures or partials and can provide a natural and comfortable way to improve a patient’s bite, smile, and confidence. After examination, medical and dental history review, radiographs, and photos, we will determine if implants are right for you.

The result is often a tooth that is as secure and aesthetically pleasing as the original tooth. Implants typically have over a 90% success rate. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery and prevent successful placement of an implant. Other risk factors may include poor hygiene, smoking, certain medical conditions, trauma, grinding, poor bone quality, long-term use of bisphosphonate medications, low estrogen levels and clenching are some of the factors that may lead to implant failure. We will thoroughly review these factors with you and determine the possible influence in your specific situation. In few cases dental implants does not fuse to the bone and are not supported.

At Molar TO Molar Dentistry we have successfully placed and restored hundreds of dental implants for over 10 years. We have utilized implant dentistry to help restore the smiles of hundreds of patients throughout.

What’s involved in placing an implant?

The way implants are placed depends on the patient, the type of implant and the tooth being replaced. Some implants can be fully placed in one day. Most implants involve two or three steps.

A dental implant is a surgical grade, titanium post that is shaped like a tooth root. They are placed under the gums where the natural tooth was originally and then allowed to integrate into the patient’s jaw before being used to replace teeth or anchor dentures. The placement is usually simply done with local anesthetic and the procedure is often described as being less traumatic than a tooth extraction. There is seldom much pain or discomfort involved. Patients are usually often surprised at how easy the procedure is.

The implant is allowed to incorporate into the jaw for integration and allowed to heal for several weeks, depending upon the jaw structure and other factors. Following sufficient healing, the implant can be uncovered with a simple procedure. The inside of the implant body is hollow with threads. These inside threads allow an abutment or post to be screwed to it without the need for anesthetic or pain.

A ceramic or metal abutment is placed, impressions taken, and sent to a ceramist for tooth fabrication. On top of this, a tooth is custom-made to match the shade and shape of the natural teeth. If cosmetic changes are desired, we will plan to enhance those teeth around the implant.

Today’s dental implants give us choices that we didn’t have until a few years ago. We now can successfully replace missing or lost teeth with implants and porcelain teeth that are natural looking, solid, and predictable.

Having successfully served the implant dentistry needs of our patients, our team is committed to making your implant experience a great one!