What are dental implants?
A dental implant is made up of three parts. There is a titanium screw which is placed in the bone and acts much like the root of your natural tooth. The second part is a post called an abutment which is attached to the implant screw. And lastly, a custom made crown that goes over the abutment.
How can implants be used to replace missing teeth?
A single implant can be used to replace a single tooth, and two or more implants can be used to support a bridge. Dental implants can also be used for retention of a removable partial or a complete denture by allowing the denture to clip onto the implant.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are generally healthy you are a good candidate. However, if you smoke, have diabetes, had radiation to your head and neck, or were diagnosed with osteoporosis, then it’s a good idea to talk about the risks with your dentist. An evaluation of the bone where the implant is to be placed is also needed.
Is the procedure painful?
I make sure all my patients are safe and comfortable when under my care. During the procedure, many patients reported little to no pain.