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Dental Implants

Dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in dental care for replacing missing teeth. In cases where a single tooth is missing and the rest of the dentition is in good shape, a dental implant is clearly the ideal choice. In more complex cases where multiple teeth are missing, dental implants still come into play.  However, more factors must be considered when choosing implants to ensure the right choice is being made. Dental implants can also be combined with complete dentures, providing them with an extra source of retention and stability.

In general, a dental implant is usually comprised of three components: 

  • a titanium screw placed into the bone
  • a specialized attachment called an abutment, that screws into the implant
  • a crown or bridge that will be either cemented or screwed onto the abutment.

 As no natural tooth is involved, implants have the potential to last a life time. There is no chance for cavities, and they are more resistant to gum disease. However, like all dental products, problems can still occur so regular maintenance is required.

Dental implants require good quality bone to act as an anchor, and a skilled surgeon to place the implant. In cases where there is not enough bone to place an implant, bone grafting might be needed.

When missing a single tooth, implants truly are the next best thing to natural teeth. When multiple teeth are missing, implants do not always have to be placed on a one to one ratio of missing teeth to implants. Depending on the location, quality and quantity of bone, and number of teeth to be replaced, implant supported bridges or dentures can often be used.

So if you are missing some teeth, or struggling with dentures that do not want to stay in place, implants might be right for you. Contact us today to set up a consult to find out what we can do for you.