Dental Implants

There are many reasons why people lose teeth. Accidents, disease, decay or some could just be missing since birth. Any adult with missing teeth may benefit from dental implants. The best way to replace a tooth is to mimic it as closely as possible. A dental implant is a permanent solution that is placed in the jaw to replace the missing tooth root. Compared with bridgework, which often needs replacing after 10 years, dental implants don’t decay, they don’t interfere with healthy teeth around them and with care, most will last a lifetime.

A Dental Implant Has Three Parts:

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  • Titanium Screw

    The titanium screw (the implant itself) embeds into the jawbone replacing the original root. It acts as a base or anchor for individual crowns and multi-tooth bridges and is more durable than other options.

  • Porcelain Crown

  • Connector

    A connector that joins the two pieces (called an abutment)

Most dental implants are done right at our Afinia locations under local anesthesia, but periodically, depending on the complexity, we may refer out to an oral surgeon or periodontist to place the implant itself, which then stays in place for one to two months while the gum heals. At that time, one of our Afinia dentists can deliver the crown.

Implants can help prevent bone loss and protect adjacent teeth. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth, but your doctor determines if they are the right option. People with gum disease or those who don’t have enough bone to support the titanium implant may not be viable candidates.