Dental Implants

Missing teeth can affect speech, chewing, and self-confidence.  If you are concerned about missing teeth, damaged teeth, or the discomfort of wearing dentures… dental implants may be the solution for you.

A dental implant is the closest thing dental science offers to your natural teeth.  Whether you need one tooth, several teeth, a bridge or dentures replaced, dental implants are a secure, stable, natural looking and natural functioning alternative.

Dental implants are cylinder-shaped screws made of titanium.  They are designed to look and function like a natural tooth.  The implant is attached to the jawbone and gum tissue and provides a stable base for replacement teeth.  Because they are “attached,” or rooted into your jaw bone, instead of being glued in or removable, dental implants provide a more natural chewing surface and prevent the sunken appearance that comes with missing teeth.

Using a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth is preferable to using a fixed bridge, which involves restoring both teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.  Implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth, eliminating the need for removal partial dentures.  Implants can be designed to support loose dentures so that biting ability and facial support of natural teeth is regained.

Implant surgery is routinely done in our office with local anesthetic and oral sedation upon request, depending upon your unique needs.  We may refer you to a periodontist if additional grafting procedures are required.  The placement of an implant requires three steps…

  • Pre-surgical diagnostic records such as radiographs and diagnostic models are taken to thoroughly evaluate the proposed implant site.  Some surgeries also require CT scan images for a detailed analysis of the bone at the implant site.
  • Either transitional or permanent restorations are placed the day of surgery.  If a transitional implant isused, it may be 4-6 months before permanent restorations can be placed.  The quality of the bone determines the time required before placement of the permanent restoration.  Most patients are able to resume normal activity the day after surgery.
  • Once appropriate healing and integration of the implant has been confirmed, the definitive restoration will be designed and placed.

Implants have been used successfully for more than 25 years as a secure and stable replacement for teeth.

If you are interested in learning if implants are a good option for you, talk to Dr. Loden today.  Dental implants may be the choice for you.