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. Dental implants involve cooperation between
a periodontist and your restorative dentist. The surgical phase of treatment
is completed at our office, and the restorative phase is completed at your
What are Dental Implants Used For?
There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:
- As an artificial root
for a single tooth replacement.
- As anchors for a fixed
or removable prosthesis to replace multiple teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks more natural than an implant.
One important benefit of implants is that they slow the shrinking of bone
and gum tissue from the area of the missing tooth, thus preventing premature
- Of Americans between
the ages of 18 and 64, approximately 49% are missing at least one tooth.
- Dental implants are
the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised.
- More than nine out
of ten implants last longer than 15 years.
- Dental implants never
- Dental implants never
require root canals.
- Dental implants preserve
the jawbone, which can prevent premature aging.
- No one can be disqualified
for implant treatment solely because of their age -- some patients receive
implant treatment when they are in their nineties!
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.
The implant is now ready for a prosthesis. Your restorative dentist will add the
Considering a Dental Implant?
If you are
considering a dental implant, Contact Us for an
evaluation appointment. Dr. Pierre
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. Pierre
will provide you with further information to help you decide.