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Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants

Dental implants are a type of anchor placed into the jawbone in order to support some type of tooth replacement. Dental implants offer a wide range of treatment options, and the most common, which we will describe here, is a single missing tooth replacement.

A dental implant for the replacement of one missing tooth contains three important components.

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What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, a dental implant is as close as dentistry gets to a natural tooth. For that reason, the list of pros is much longer than the cons.

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What Does the Dental Implant Process Involve?

Because we respect each individual’s unique needs and desires, we take dental implants on a case-by-case basis. Some patients may undergo implant placement surgery in our office, and we refer others with complex medical needs or a desire for sedation to an oral surgeon. The recovery from a dental implant is easier than that from an extraction. You may experience mild pain in the surgical site for up to a week.

Once the bone heals around the implant, your dentist will perform the remainder of the implant process and restore this once missing tooth to full function! An implant crown is much simpler than a dental crown because there is no preparation necessary. Your doctor selects the appropriate size and shape abutment and communicates this to the dental lab. We take a digital scan or mold or your teeth, including the location of the implant below the gums, to send to the lab for them to make your final crown. The lab returns the abutment and crown for its delivery. Your dentist confirms the correct fit and function before permanently cementing it into place.

Questions / concerns?

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health, we are more than happy to sit down with you and discuss how you can achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

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