Implants Can Make All The Difference

notebookDental implants are changing the way people live!  With them, you can now rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

If you are missing one or more teeth, come talk to us about replacements that are as natural as possible.  If dentures or bridges don’t work for you, you may want to consider dental implants.  Unlike dentures, which can be removed, we can make dental implants that are permanently anchored into the jaw itself.

You are a good candidate for dental implants if you have jawbone ridges that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues.  When the implant is inserted into the jaw, a chemical  and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant.

With dental implants, we can give you a perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or better than!) your original teeth.

The Procedure

A dental implant is a man-made, titanium root that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw.  As the body heals for approximately 3 to 6 months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Treatment Options

Often, an implant and a bridge can both be used to solve the problem of a missing tooth. In deciding which option is better, consider the following: An implant only involves the missing tooth. No other tooth needs to be treated. A bridge involves at least two other teeth to act as supports for the ends of the bridge. If these other teeth will need crowns anyway, a bridge makes sense. If they don’t, an implant is a more conservative option. The trade-off is the surgery needed to place the implant. It’s not a big deal, but it is a consideration.

Implants can also be used when there are not enough teeth to support a bridge. In fact, implants can replace all the teeth in the mouth. They can be an alternative to full dentures. Implants are very predictable. The 5 year success rate is well over 95%. Because they are metal, they don’t decay and rarely break. Periodontal disease is still a possibility, so, yes, you do still need to brush.

Talk to you soon, and Keep Smiling!

– Dr. Cabot