DENTAL IMPLANTS - Permanently replace one or more missing teeth
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is custom-made to permanently replace one or more missing teeth yet look and work like natural teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants? When a tooth is lost, the teeth surrounding the remaining gap can drift out of position and change one’s bite. That’s not all. Bone loss occurs both in the place where the tooth was lost as well as around the surrounding teeth, which may lead to gum disease and pain in the temporomandibular jaw joint (TMJ).
Replacing a lost tooth is paramount to ensuring the gums, bone and surrounding teeth remain strong and healthy. If you have healthy gums and bones, dental implants are a highly effective solution.
Advantages of Dental Implants Unlike bridges, dental implants offer a number of advantages:
- They are reliable and predictable
- no preparation or drilling of neighboring healthy teeth usually necessary;
- no special brushes or extra care required for oral hygiene;
- a superior choice for their solid, secure, and esthetic construction;
- longer lasting and less damaging to surrounding teeth than bridges; and
- completely eliminate the discomfort often associated with dentures.
How Dental Implants Are Put in Place An implant is an "artificial root" made out of surgical-grade titanium which joins to your jaw under the gumline. With proper use of the anesthetics and medications, or any of Twilight Dentistry’s sedation options, there is no need to be concerned about any discomfort during this surgery.
A post is then carefully placed into the implants and a porcelain crown is permanently cemented onto the post, or it can be used to stabilize dentures so they remain secure. Looking and feeling like the original lost tooth, this crown is perfectly shaped to match the rest of the teeth surrounding the implant.
Dental implants can be done right in the Twilight Dentistry office and can be done either fully awake or under various degrees of sedation, for your added comfort and convenience.