Dental Implants

Dr. Louis talks to his patient.

Dr. Louis talks to his patient.


What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an alternative to conventional crowns and bridges. Implants are integrated into your jaw to support prosthesis so that the fit may feel more natural and secure. The implant fixture replaces the natural root portion of the teeth. Cemented to the implant fixtures are individually made crowns. Dentures, bridges and other kinds of restorations can also be permanently placed on the restorations.


How do I know if I'm a good candidate for dental implants?
Patients are good candidates if they are:

  • Healthy
  • Have adequate bone support
  • Candidates for bone enhancement techniques

The Implants which support crowns, bridges, and dentures consist of a variety of configurations, and can be utilized immediately or completed several months later.


How long will the dental implant last?
A well-made and maintained/cared for implant can last for a lifetime.


What are the benefits of a dental implant?

  • The preservation of bone in the jaw is a major benefit of a dental implant.
  • The integrated fit and function of a dental implant makes a huge difference in patients' lives. They feel and look like your natural teeth.
  • The retention of extraoral maxillofacial prostheses which historically were held in place by cement or adhesives.


What are the risks of a dental implant?
The occlusion, or fit, of the crown on the implant is very complex. Incorrect occlusion can result in early loss of the implant and horizontal shifting of nearby teeth. It can also cause "sinking" or loss of vertical height of the nearby teeth. We are acutely aware of these problems and our dental practitioners develop and create the new bite carefully to minimize any risk to the new dental implant and the rest of the existing system of chewing function.

 

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