What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium alloy root replacement cylinders that aid in the restoration of missing teeth. They can successfully be used to replace a single, multiple, or all missing teeth.

When properly planned implant tooth prosthetics can provide a highly esthetic and functional replacement of lost teeth.

Dental implants will restore you the a quality of life similar having natural teeth. They can help rebuild the dignity and self esteem you may have lost as a result of losing teeth. They can eliminate the need for removable dental prosthetics or dentures.

Learn more about Dental Implants

  • Who is a candidate for dental implants?

    Anyone who is missing one, more, or all their teeth may benefit from dental implant therapy. Ask your dentist regarding the possibility of dental implants in your treatment options.

  • What is the basic process for dental implant therapy?

    Dental implant treatment follows a basic process: a planning phase, a surgical phase, and a restorative phase. The planning phase includes a thorough examination, proper planning of the proposed tooth/teeth replacement, and surgical preparation. The surgical phase includes any necessary bone augmentation procedures and the placement of the titanium root replacement into the correct position of the jaw bone. This is accompanied by a healing period to allow the implant to properly integrate. The restorative phase includes the fabrication of a tooth prosthesis that attaches to the implant. Once the prosthesis is finished and approved it is attached of the implant.

  • What treatments are available with Dental Implants?

    Examples of possible dental implant therapy include:

    • Anterior tooth replacement
    • Single posterior tooth replacement
    • Multiple teeth replacement
      • Implant bridge
      • Retention and stability for an implant
        assisted removable partial denture
    • Complete teeth replacement
      • Multiple implant bridges
      • Hybrid prosthesis – Teeth in a Day
      • All on Four – Teeth in a Day
      • Bar and attachment overdentures
      • Stud implant overdentures
  • Who should I see if I want dental implants?

    Dental implant therapy should always be directed by a properly trained restorative dentist; prosthodontists receive extensive training and clinical experience with restorative dental implant therapy as part of their specialty training. Many of the possible complications with dental implant therapy can be prevented and avoided with proper preparation and planning. By doing so, tooth replacement therapy with dental implants may achieve the best possible long term success, function, and esthetics. Proper planning should be completed as soon as possible when considering dental implant therapy. When possible, planning should be accomplished prior to the loss of your tooth or teeth. Early planning will allow for preservation of jaw bone, decreased delays in treatment, and better long term success of the implant.

  • What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
    • Preservation of jaw bone following tooth loss.
      • Once a tooth is lost the jaw bone quickly begins to atrophy. The longer jaw bone is missing a tooth or teeth the greater the bone atrophy. If dental implant therapy is desired later on it often more difficult and expensive due to a need to develop adequate bone for dental implant therapy.
    • Maintenance or restoration of ability to chew and function similar to natural teeth.
      • Dental implant restorations replacing missing teeth have the ability to provide full chewing function if properly planned and performed.
      • It is only through dental implant therapy that one may restore their mouth to full function that is will be lost as a result of tooth loss.
    • Very predictable long term result.
      • In most cases dental implant success is greater than 95% successful.
    • Eliminate risk of cavities.
      • Dental implant restorations are not susceptible to tooth decay.
    • Preservation of adjacent teeth tooth structure.
      • In the past missing teeth were replaced with bridges. This involved reducing the adjacent teeth of a missing tooth site and then cementing a bridge to replace the missing tooth and reduced teeth. Dental implants allow a tooth replacement without having to adjust the adjacent teeth in many simple situations.
    • Restoration of confidence and self esteem.
  • What is the history of Dental Implants?

    Dental implants are one of, if not the greatest innovation in dental therapy. The concept of dental implant treatment has been around for hundreds of years. However, modern dental implant therapy was developed in the late 1950’s by a Swedish Orthopedic surgeon by the name of Per-Ingvar Brånemark. His work with bone marrow circulation lead to the development of the titanium root replacement cylinders that we use today. Dental research and literature suggests modern dental implant therapy has a success rate of greater than 94%.

  • Are there any contraindications regarding dental implant therapy?

    There are few contraindications for dental therapy. Some potential contraindications may be severe systemic disease, a compromised immune system, uncontrolled diabetes, previous radiation therapy to your jaws, history of IV bisphosphonate medication, or extreme lack of jaw bone. Often, these conditions and situations when planned properly may not be absolute contra-indications for dental implant therapy. It is important for you and your dentist to review your health to determine if dental implant therapy is right for you.