Full Service Implants
Dental implants provide a stable base for replacement teeth that look, feel and work like natural teeth. With dental implants, a person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat and smile with more confidence. Implants can replace one tooth or several missing teeth.
Dental implants are cylinders made of titanium that are surgically implanted into the jaw. The jaw bone grows around the base of the implant over a period of several months. The top of the implant protrudes through the gums. A middle piece called an “abutment” is used to connect the implant to the crown, bridge or denture that will be placed on top for chewing.
In some cases, the implant surgery can be done in our office, eliminating the need to see a specialist. We will refer you for a 3-dimensional x-ray (also called a CT scan) to determine the best place for the implant or implants. We will then provide the abutments and necessary crown, bridge or denture after the implants have healed.
We also have relationships with specialists who perform the surgical phase of implants. These are oral surgeons or periodontists with extensive training who we trust to provide proper care for our patients. Sometimes the specialist will need to place a bone graft to reinforce the jaw before an implant can be placed.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Smokers, diabetics, and people who have taken bisphosphonate medications for cancer treatment or osteoporosis are less likely to have a successful outcome with implants. Many people also have inadequate amounts of bone to hold implants in successfully.
Some insurance companies will pay for part of the cost of implants. We can file a pre-authorization to determine what a particular company is willing to pay.
Please let us know if you are interested in implants so that we can discuss your options with you.