Using implants to replace missing teeth is a simple procedure now, and one that should be considered as an alternative to bridges or partial dentures. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or replace an entirely toothless jaw. Dental implants can also provide stability for a denture, eliminating looseness and clicking associated with dentures. The implant restoration is the crown or prosthesis that sits on the implant. Implants function virtually like natural teeth and have a high success rate—95% or higher!
Implants sometimes can be placed the same day a tooth is taken out, but require approximately 4-6 months to integrate into the jaw. During this waiting period, you may be provided a temporary or a “flipper” in place of the missing tooth or teeth to cosmetically fill in the space.
Implants are often placed in a single appointment, and can usually be done with local anesthesia (numbing of that part of the jaw only). Once placed and restored, implants and implant restorations are not painful, do not decay, and can be brushed and flossed like a natural tooth.
We have over 20 years of experience restoring implants for individual crowns, implant bridges, implant-supported dentures and partial dentures, and full-mouth rehabilitation.