Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

They are a replacement for your missing tooth root. It is the next best thing to your own natural tooth. Implants provide an excellent option for restoring missing teeth. Replacing anywhere from one tooth to an entire mouth, implants provide a titanium root to place a crown, bridge, partial or denture on top. Secure and durable, implants provide a long lasting permanent solution to missing teeth.

There are MANY advantages to implants including improved appearance, comfort and speech especially if you are currently using a removable appliance. They help preserve your bone in that area of the jaw. They are durable and can last your entire life. They also improve your oral health as it is easier to floss and don’t require you to alter the permanent teeth on either side of the missing tooth for crowns.

Implants are very successful with a success rate of up to 98%. In most cases, if you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction then you can consider a dental implant. You need to have healthy gums and bone and committed to good oral hygiene. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease, or patients who had radiation therapy to the head/neck area may not be good candidates.

We work closely with the oral surgeon with each case. Together, we develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Getting an implant is a multistep process. First the oral surgeon places the titanium implant into the jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth. It takes 3-4 months for the jaw bone to grow around the titanium post and have it become integrated. At that point, a small connector is placed on the implant called an abutment then a crown is attached to that. The whole process takes time, but there actually is very little discomfort and patients typically love how natural their new tooth feels.

We’d be happy to discuss treatment options for your missing tooth/teeth at your next visit with Cumberland Family Dental.