DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are the preferred method of replacing teeth among both dentists and patients – and for good reason. Unlike other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures, dental implants both look and function like natural teeth.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants consist of a small post made of a biocompatible metal, like titanium, that is surgically implanted into your jaw. Once you have healed, a piece called an abutment is then attached to the implant, and the part that everyone sees, the crown, is attached to the abutment. This complete system creates a lifelike artificial tooth that is permanently imbedded in the jaw.

WHY ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SO POPULAR?

People who come to our office prefer dental implants for several reasons:

  • They look incredibly natural.
  • They feel just like your own teeth.
  • There’s no worry of slipping or sliding that happens with dentures.
  • They don’t require extra care beyond your regular brushing and flossing routine.
  • They can last a lifetime and longer than any other options.
  • They don’t require altering additional healthy teeth.
  • They preserve bone and facial support preventing premature aging.

As your oral surgeon, Dr. McLelland likes dental implants for another important reason – dental implants are the secret to preserving healthy bone structure in patients who have lost teeth.

WHAT DO DENTAL IMPLANTS HAVE TO DO WITH BONE STRUCTURE?

When you lose a tooth, an important process that’s been happening in your jaw bone comes to a stop. Your tooth roots serve another important function in addition to keeping your teeth stable. They also stimulate the bone in your jaw to constantly restore and maintain itself.

When you lose a tooth, your bone no longer continues this process, and over time, it resorbs, becoming thinner and smaller. As the bone deteriorates support for the lip, cheeks, and face decreases until you look much older than your age.

Dental implants are an incredible breakthrough because the metal post actually works like a natural tooth root, allowing the bone renewal process to continue and helping keep your face young and supported and other teeth healthy.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

To determine whether dental implants are right for you, call our office and schedule your evaluation with oral surgeon Dr. McLelland. He’ll perform a thorough examination, including using state of the art imaging (radiographs) and other imaging techniques to determine the current quality of your bone. Dental implants do require sufficient bone to hold them in place.

If your bone isn’t currently dense enough to maintain dental implants, don’t despair. Other techniques, like bone grafting, can be used to build up your bone and make you a good candidate for implants.

If you are missing several teeth, you may be deterred by the cost of dental implants. Implants can be combined with other tooth replacement options, like bridges and dentures, to replace several teeth, giving you the stability and permanence of implants in a more cost-effective option. We also have financing options that are unique and allow almost anyone to afford dental implants. Our goal is to assist you to find an acceptable way of getting the care you want and need because you are worth it!

Call our office today to schedule your free implant consultation. Feel free to view our dental implant videos to learn more about dental implants.

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