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. The surgical phase of treatment is completed at a specialists
office, and the restorative phase is completed at our office.
What are Dental Implants Used For?
There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:
- As an artificial root for a fixed prosthesis (usually a single
tooth or fixed bridge).
- As anchors for a removable prosthesis (usually an Implant-Retained
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants are generally considered as an alternative
to Dentures, Partials,
or Bridges. When replacing a missing tooth
in the front of the mouth, nothing looks more natural than an implant.
One important benefit of implants when used for Implant-Retained
Dentures is that they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue
under the denture.
- 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
- More than nine out of ten implants last longer than 15 years.
- Dental implants never develop decay.
- Dental implants never require root canals.
- Dental implants preserve the jawbone, which can prevent premature
- No one can be disqualified for implant treatment solely because
of their age -- some patients receive implant treatment when they
are in their nineties!
How 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: A single tooth much like a crown,
a fixed bridge,
or an Implant-Retained Denture.
Considering a Dental Implant?
If you are considering a dental implant, Contact
Us for an evaluation appointment. Dr. Sells
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,
will provide you with further information to help you decide.
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