WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPANTS?
Dental implant restorations have become the leading choice for replacing missing teeth, now preferred over removable dentures or bridges. These small metal posts can simulate a single tooth or work for multiple missing teeth. Because the bone bonds with the implants, they act as a replacement tooth root. With dental implants, we can help you preserve facial structure and oral health by preventing the deterioration of the surrounding bone that inevitably occurs with missing teeth.
Patients can brush, floss, laugh, and eat comfortably while maintaining a healthy, natural-looking smile with dental implants. Dr. Jones, Dr. Harris, and our staff are dedicated to providing patients with successful implant restorations. Before implant procedure, we will complete a thorough evaluation of your dental health and lifestyle to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. If you don’t have sufficient bone tissue to support the posts, we may suggest bone grafting.
Then, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will digitally plan the placement of your implant posts using advanced, 3D CBCT imaging. Cone-beam imaging produces a digital, 3D model of your teeth, jawbone, and oral structures, and allows Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris to plan the precise placement and angle of your implant posts before your procedure.
Implant placement involves two steps. During the first part of the process, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will position the posts into your jawbone. After surgery, you will need three to six months for your mouth to heal and the bone to adhere to the implants, a process called osseointegration. Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will then place a permanent dental crown on each implant, giving you back an attractive, full smile.