Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss – mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the bone and once fully integrated replaces what was once the root of the tooth. A crown is attached to the implant to simulate an individual tooth. Implants can replace an individual tooth or multiple teeth. Weisbard Dental offers explanations of the many advantages to dental implants, such as improved speech, appearance, and oral health, as well as overall support and durability. For information on fully edentulous implants, see our dentures page.
Single implant and crown for missing lateral incisor. Veneers on canines and other lateral incisor. Nothing placed on front two teeth.
Implant-supported, more stability, least rocking or movement.
Single tooth replacement by cutting down adjacent teeth and cementing a fixed partial denture or “bridge”.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved function. With a full set of teeth, function is improved and digestion is improved.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile, and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Maintains Bone. Dental Implants help to maintain bone levels.
- Durability. Implants are very durable. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
How successful are dental implants?
Can anyone get dental implants?
What is the process involved with dental implants?
Next, the implant, a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process, called osseointegration, can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small custom made connector post – called an abutment – is made and attached to the implant to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, we take impressions of your teeth and create a model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the custom abutment.
With patients missing all their teeth, implants are placed, impressions are taken and a new denture is made to snap on to the implant post, giving you more stability and function. We will match the color of your new teeth to your natural teeth or shade of your choosing. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.