Millions of Americans lose teeth every year. For some, it is due to decay, gingivitis, and injury. For others, they were never born with certain adult teeth due to genetics. In any of these cases, it is necessary to provide you with a replacement tooth or teeth to prevent further issues and restore greater function to your mouth and smile. Due to amazing technological breakthroughs in dentistry, we are able to provide you with an option other than a bridge or denture to replace missing teeth. Implants are a safe, effective and convenient long-term option that can last your entire lifetime.
What are dental implants?
An implant is a small titanium rod which acts like a tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw. A durable tooth or crown is then created and secured on top of that rod after a number of months to ensure proper healing and meshing of the rod with your jawbone tissue. During those several months of waiting, an interim crown may be created and placed to help restore your smile and the function of your mouth.
Who performs the surgery?
Dr. Paul prefers to refer all candidates to a local specialist for the placement of the implant, but will then create the crown to ensure it appears and functions like a natural tooth.
Am I a candidate?
To be a candidate for a dental implant, you must be in good health and are many times required to see a physician for surgery clearance. Those that chew tobacco, are on certain medications, and are undergoing chemotherapy may pose a risk after undergoing this surgery as those factors may hinder the healing process.