Restore your smile’s beauty and function.
Dental Implant Placement
Make Your Smile Full Again
Losing one or more teeth to damage or decay can make it difficult to chew comfortably, speak normally, and smile confidently. With dental implants, you can restore the health, function, and beauty of your teeth and reclaim your sense of normalcy, well-being, and self-esteem.
What are dental implants?
Used in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants are durable titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a tooth. During the weeks and months following implant placement, bone will bond to the implant and securely anchor it in place (a process called osseointegration). Once the implants have integrated into your bone structure, Dr. Harris will place an abutment on each implant, which will securely anchor one or more prosthetic teeth into position.
A dental implant restoration is a highly personalized treatment that’s tailored to meet your individual needs. The process begins with a thorough evaluation of your gums, bone, and teeth, which Dr. Harris will use to create a precise plan for implant placement. If needed, you will undergo a bone graft or a sinus lift before implant placement to prepare and strengthen the bone to successfully receive the dental implant.
Types of Replacement Teeth
An implant restoration is completed with one or more prosthetic teeth, which will be custom-designed to create an aesthetically-pleasing result that matches the features of your mouth and any remaining natural teeth.
- Crown. Used for replacing a single tooth, a dental crown is an attractive, natural-looking prosthetic tooth made from porcelain, gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.
- Implant-supported bridge. Used for replacing two or more adjacent teeth, an implant-supported bridge is a series of dental crowns that are supported on one to two dental implants.
- Implant-supported denture. Used for replacing an entire arch of teeth, implant-supported dentures are a set of removable prosthetic teeth that are supported by two to eight dental implants. The dentures have an acrylic base that resembles the gums with porcelain or acrylic prosthetic teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients a long-term solution to safely and effectively replace individual or multiple teeth.
- Comfort and security. Like natural teeth, implants are anchored in place and will not shift out of place while you chew or speak.
- Better bone health. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, your jawbone will begin to recede and shrink, impacting your dental health and facial appearance. Because they stimulate the jawbone like natural teeth, implants prevent jawbone deterioration and keep your facial bone structure strong and healthy.
- Natural feel and appearance. An implant restoration is designed to create a smile that looks and feels like your natural teeth. Alongside eliminating gaps in your smile, your implant restoration will harmonize with the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth.
- Low maintenance. Dental implants can last for decades with minimal additional maintenance or specialized treatment. Additionally, dental implants can’t decay, ensuring your new teeth are a long-lasting investment.
If you have a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed, a porcelain crown can restore your tooth’s shape, function, appearance, and strength.
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