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Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They provide excellent support and stability for a removable partial or for complete dentures.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and can often enhance and restore a patient’s smile.

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile

  • Restore or enhance facial tissues

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

The periodontist or oral surgeon takes X-rays and impressions (molds) of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the periodontist or an oral surgeon will place the implant into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

When the implant is or implants are securely in place, Dr. Atkins can do his magic with a bridge, or other restoration that will make your smile gorgeous.

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