Dental Implants are the new standard of care when it comes to tooth replacement. They bond with healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and/or dentures. Dental implants look & feel like natural teeth & can last a lifetime. A missing tooth can be replaced by dental implant without touching the adjacent teeth. Dental implants & implant retained teeth will help minimize the amount of bone that would be lost in the areas of the missing teeth, helping to preserve natural facial contours. Dental implants are also great to anchor those hard to wear dentures and often times eliminate the need for denture adhesives.
After an implant is placed, 3-4 months later to allow the implant to integrate with the bone, a post (or abutment) is attached providing support for your final crown.
|Un-retracted view of patient with tooth #12 missing and affecting her overall smile.||Mirror view with #12 missing. This tooth had previously been extracted and bone grafted.||X-ray of #12 implant in place.|
|Mirror view with #12 implant and healing collar in place. We allow the implant to integrate with the bone for 3 to 4 months before the final phase is complete.||#12 all ceramic crown on model.||All ceramic porcelain crown and custom cast yellow gold abutment seated over the implant. This gives the patient back her smile without having to touch any other teeth.|
|Final panoramic x-ray with implant, custom cast gold abutment, and all ceramic crown in place.|