A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. These people experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after their dental implant treatment. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth which feel just like your own and give you a more natural-looking smile.
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants
When a single tooth or several teeth are missing, almost always a dental implant is the ideal way to replace it. Without the root structure of a natural tooth, the jawbone can shrink creating problems for adjacent and opposing teeth. This can also make your face look older. Implants can help maintain that bone, and implants used to replace crowns will feel and look just like your natural teeth! Implants cannot get decay like your normal teeth, and there are no loose parts, they are stable and comfortable. If properly maintained implants can last a lifetime!
At Our Office
Dr. David Olson completed a two year Advanced Education in General Dentistry which focused on dental implant placement and restorations. He trained with oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontic specialists to place and restore several hundred implant cases with great success. Please come see us at Montclair Dental if you are interested in having an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. We can do everything at our state of the art office from start to finish so that you know exactly what the final result will be before we ever begin treatment. Please feel free to view some of the cases we have done here at Montclair Dental: