Sometimes due to deep cavities, broken down teeth or injury, a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. Dental implants are one option to replace these teeth.

These implants are small screws that are placed in the bone by an oral surgeon or gum specialist and then allowed to heal.  Once secure in the bone, the implant is "loaded," meaning a crown or cap can be placed on a single implant, or a bridge can be placed on top of two implants.  If a patient needs a partial or denture, a special attachment is secured on the implant and inside the denture or partial so the two can snap together.

     The comparison for an implant vs. tradtional solutions, such as a bridge for a missing tooth are as follows:

  • When placing an implant, the other neighboring teeth are not altered.  A bridge requires that adjacent teeth are ground down and crowned.

  • Implants are brushed and flossed just like regular teeth, however when flossing a bridge, a bridge cleaner must be threaded through and then flossed.

  • When comparing removable dentures and partials, one of the benefits of a snap attachment are that they do not  require pastes and powders to secure the prothesis. Thus clean up of the pastes and powders are no longer needed. The patient has restored function and can chew better.

  • Crowns and bridges are completed in a few weeks vs. healing time of several months for the implants.

  • The fee for implants can be higher, but last longer.

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