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Dental Implants

Implants may be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.  Implants are a surgically placed screw which acts to replace the root of a tooth.   Following the surgical placement of the implant, the area is allowed to heal for a period of time while the implant incorporates into the surrounding bone.  After the healing period a crown, bridge, or denture will be fabricated to fit your implant.

Patients will need to be evaluated to see if they are a good candidate for dental implants.  Patients must have enough bone available in the area of the missing tooth for the implant to be placed.  Certain medical conditions can also affect the healing and long-term stability of an implant.   It is important to discuss any medical conditions with your dentist to see if an implant is right for you.  

Disadvantages:

  • Implants require a surgical procedure and are not indicated for everyone. 
  • Implant option may require a longer period of time and more visits than other tooth replacement options
  • Implants are usually more costly than other tooth replacement options and may not be covered by dental insurance. 

Advantage:

  • It closely resembles a natural tooth
  • Neighboring teeth do not need to be utilized to restore the missing space
  • They may help to prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth.