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A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone, called Osseointegration (“osseo” – bone; “integration” – fusion or joining with), is the biological basis of dental implant success. That’s because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth is lost too. Placing dental implants stabilizes bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural. This functionality imparts social, psychological and physical well-being.
Permanent tooth loss can contribute greatly to our general quality of life. The loss of a tooth or several teeth not only impacts your appearance but can cause difficulty eating, changes in speech, and can jeopardize the health of surrounding bone and gum tissue. All of these consequences can bring about a lack of confidence during daily functions. Grant Road Dental performs Implant Dentistry that can solve these problems while giving you comfort every day and restoring the confidence you may have lost. Our newly acquired Galileos Cone Beam allows us to properly plan your individual implant procedure.
The Dental implant procedure is most often a two to three phase process depending on your existing condition. The first phase involves the placement of a titanium screw that is placed into the bone in the area(s) of the lost tooth (teeth). The titanium has the ability to fuse with the jawbone. Once the implant has healed, or fused with the bone it serves as an anchor much like your tooth’s original root. Healing time varies between 3-4 months. A crown, bridge or denture can then be attached to the implant restoring the mouth with replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth.
If you wear dentures, implants provide increased retention and stability of dentures. There are a number of ways to achieve this. A minimal number of implants can be placed and once healed, the denture can be connected and removed as needed.
We are proud to share with you that Dr. Rutner is a 1888Implant Member. Being a member of 1888Implant ensures our patients that they are being treated by one of the best dental implant specialists in the nation. For more information on dental implants, visit 1888Implant at 1888implant.com or call 1 (888) IMPLANT.