For patients who are missing teeth, dental implants are the state of the art treatment. A dental implant is a like a screw made of a highly specialized metal, titanium. The titanium is a very strong metal and is completely compatible with human bone. It is placed in the gap where you’re tooth is missing. It then takes three to four months to actually fuse to the bone.
Once the implant fuses to the bone, a crown is placed on the implant and you have a brand new tooth. You will have a temporary crown in place during the osseointegration (fusing) period so you will not be walking around missing a tooth all this time.The advantage of implants over bridges is that you don’t have to treat surrounding, otherwise healthy teeth. To make a bridge you have to crown the teeth in front and behind the gap whether they need it or not.
The implant is a permanent replacement for your missing tooth and should last a lifetime. By replacing missing teeth we can help you toward a confident, long-lasting smile. The replacement tooth or teeth will look and function like a natural, healthy tooth. Or better.
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