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In the past when people lost one or more teeth and wanted to replace them, they had only two options: partial dentures or fixed dental bridges. If they lost all their teeth, then they had only one option: complete denture/fake teeth. Since the invention of modern dental implants in the 1970’s, a third and more reliable option was introduced as a superior treatment to replace one or even all the missing teeth.

When you lose your teeth and don’t replace them, your jawbone will shrink. With placing dental implants, we are not only able to add teeth to your jaw but we also are able to maintain the existing jawbone. This is a very important feature of implants as they maintain the shape and strength of your jawbone.

  • What is a Dental Implant?

    A dental implant resembles a screw with threads and is made of titanium metal. It is coated with a special protein that attracts the human bone to fuse to it. Because of its ability to fuse to bone, it can be inserted into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. After the dental implant is inserted, it will take around 2-3 months to fuse to bone. Once the fusion is verified, the dentist can then fabricate an artificial tooth crown that is screwed into the dental implant.

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    The result is the reproduction of your missing tooth or teeth without the need to touch your existing teeth. In essence, implants replace the missing teeth by adding additional anchorage to the bone instead of using your existing teeth for support as in a fixed dental bridge. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.

  • Who can get dental implants?

    Anyone can get dental implants as long as there is enough bone to work with and are in general good health. Age is not a factor in placing dental implants; however, smoking is. Smoking is considered a higher risk factor for failure. We strongly advise against moderate to heavy smoking if you would like your implants to succeed. At your consultation visit, we will assess your specific situation and discuss all factors that pertain to you. At our clinic, we work with specialists who place these implants as they have received extended training for this procedure. Highly trained oral surgeons or periodontists would place your implants. Please contact us for a consultation in order to assess if implants will be right for you.

  • Single tooth replacement with an implant vs a bridge on teeth.

    Single tooth replacement with an implant vs a bridge on teeth.

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  • What is a dental bridge on implants?

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    When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored to your dental implants. A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held firmly in place by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth or teeth.

  • How can implants improve a denture?

    Dental implants were first introduced for people who had lost all of their teeth. These people had great difficulty stabilizing or tolerating their dentures, largely because they had lost so much of the jawbone upon which dentures rest. With the insertion of implants in their jawbone, the denture can now snap onto a special attachment on the implant that improves the stability and retention of the denture drastically.

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    As a result, this added to better chewing forces which helped in better digestion. Not to mention an improvement in their level of confidence as well, due to the increased stability of the denture. Overall, research concluded a significant improvement in their quality of life.

  • Caring for my dental implant?

    Because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, artificial replacement teeth attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth. Like natural teeth, implants need to be kept clean using a toothbrush and floss. Your dentist will show you the proper cleaning procedure for implants. Regular dental checkups are important so your dentist can make sure that your bite is right and that your implants are not loose.

  • How were they discovered?

    As with many scientific advances, the discovery of what makes current dental implants successful was serendipitous. In 1952, an orthopedic surgeon was not able to remove a small titanium cylinder he had placed in a bone while he was studying how bone healed. The special property that titanium has of fusing to bone is called osseointegration (“osseo” – bone; “integration” – fusion or joining with). This osseointegration is the biological basis of modern dental implants’ success.