A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. One advantage of this permanent solution is that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support the way bridge work does. Should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used as support for an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period. The patient, once the work is done, only feels teeth and not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss caused by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. Best of all, of course, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants and are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. These implants can be placed in one appointment, immediately used, and cost 30-50% less than standard implants.
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