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What Are Dental Implants?

Most tooth replacements, like dental bridges and dentures, only bring back the part of the tooth that you can see – its crown. But most of the tooth – its root – is actually hidden beneath the gums. Dental implants are the only option that replaces the root as well as the crown of a missing tooth. The implant itself is a titanium post that is inserted directly into the jawbone, bonding to it through a process called osseointegration. This creates a strong foundation for us to secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture on top via a metal abutment.

By rebuilding your teeth from the roots up, you end up with a solution that looks and feels so natural, you might forget that you even lost teeth in the first place!

The Dental Implant Process

dental implants being placed in the upper jaw

While dental implants are designed to replace teeth and remain healthy for decades at a time, there is a dedicated process that works to ensure the most successful tooth replacement possible. Before you can begin treatment, you’ll have a chance to speak with our dentists and ask any questions that you have. In the meantime, you can read more about the tooth replacement process ahead of your next appointment. Give Christina Mills & Associates a call to set up your next consultation!

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Once you’ve scheduled a consultation appointment with your Christina Mills & Associates, Dr. Mills or Dr. Laurence will perform an examination to see if you qualify for dental implants. Most people are qualified candidates, but adequate jawbone strength and structure is necessary to support the implant. A bone graft procedure may be recommended if there isn’t enough bone density at the precise location where you need a dental implant.

Dental implants are quite versatile and are able to replace any number of missing teeth using a variety of restorations. Which one would be best for you? Our dentists can help you decide based on your particular situation. They will help you choose from the following options:

Missing One Tooth

An implant can be attached to a single, all-porcelain crown using a small metal connector called an abutment. The new tooth will be free-standing on its own and not need to “lean” on other teeth in order to remain in place. Because of this stability, patients can look forward to a tooth that works seamlessly with the rest of their smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Missing more than one tooth in a row? Two implant crowns can be placed on either side of the missing ones and used to support additional prosthetic teeth. This is a much more cost-effective option than replacing each tooth with an individual implant, and these bridges are much more natural-looking and stable than traditional ones as well.

Missing All Teeth

Are you missing a large number of teeth or have to contend with an ill-fitting denture that constantly slips out of place? If so, dental implants can be used to support a beautiful denture you’ll be able to rely on for years to come. Implant dentures are secured directly to the jawbone using multiple implants, giving them a stability that a removable prosthetic simply can’t match. Plus, for patients missing an entire row of teeth, they can be restored in just one well-planned visit using the patented All-on-4 procedure.