Dr. Linkous and Dr. Tran may suggest dental implants if you are missing one or more teeth. Considered an excellent tooth replacement method, dental implants are designed to replace the entirety of your tooth, from root to cusp. With dental implants, it will be as if you never lost a tooth. A surgical treatment completed over the course of a number of months, dental implants are a great option for any of our patients who are looking for an exceptionally strong and permanent restoration. Dental implants use metal posts implanted into your jaw to support your new teeth, generally a dental crown, bridge, or denture.Find Out About Our Gentle Sedation Options »
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The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an investment in your smile. They are more expensive than other tooth replacement options. However, their longevity and ability to preserve the teeth and bone around them make them a higher quality option.
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
- Eat your favorite foods
- Easy to care for
- Speak and laugh with confidence
- Preserve remaining bone
- Help prevent decay of surrounding teeth
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implant preparation and placement takes multiple appointments. To start, we need to make sure that your jawbone is strong enough to handle the implants. If it isn’t, we may recommend bone grafting, where we surgically place material onto the jawbone to help regenerate the bone. If your jawbone is strong enough, or once the jaw has healed from the grafting, we can begin the placement process. We first insert the titanium post into the place of the missing tooth. Over a period of a few months, the titanium will fuse with your jawbone to provide a secure anchor for the restoration that will go on top. The post essentially acts as a replacement tooth root. Once the implant has fused, we can then create and place your restoration. Depending on your needs, we will top your implant with either a crown, bridge, or denture. Single tooth replacements often receive a crown or bridge, while we recommend an implant-supported denture for patients missing most or all of their teeth.
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