What are Implants?
Dental Implants have been used successfully for many years. The implant itself is a post that is surgically placed in the jaw. A prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) is then attached to the post. The surgical phase of treatment is completed at a specialists office, and the restorative phase is completed at our office.
What are Dental Implants Used For?
There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants are generally considered as an alternative to Dentures, Partials, or Bridges. When replacing a missing tooth in the front of the mouth, nothing looks more natural than an implant. One important benefit of implants when used for Implant-Retained Dentures is that they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue under the denture.
How are Dental Implants placed?
The gum is gently folded back and a space is prepared for the implant to be placed.
The dental implant "anchor" is put into place.
The gum tissue is replaced over the implant and the implant is left alone for several months so the bone can attach to the implant and create a secure anchor.
After the implant has had a chance to attach to the bone tissue, the excess gum tissue is removed from above the implant.
The temporary cap is removed from the anchor and a post is attached to the anchor.
Considering a Dental Implant?
If you are considering a dental implant, Contact Us for an evaluation appointment. Dr. Stoffregen will perform an evaluation to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. If you are a good candidate for an implant, Dr. Stoffregen will provide you with further information to help you decide.
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