Replacement for Your Missing Tooth Designed to Last a Lifetime
Implant dentistry is as much an art as it is a science and it requires expertise in planning, surgery and tooth restoration. Our implant specialist, periodontal surgeon Dr. Justin Cifuni, DMD, will make a customized dental implant treatment plan just for you. As a multispeciality dental practice our doctors are able to collaborate on that plan right in our office to make the experience as comfortable and convenient as possible for our patients. Dr. Cifuni will surgically place the dental implant solution you’ll need to replace missing tooth or teeth, or to secure a denture. The next step, or restoration process, involves designing and creating a crown that looks exactly like your natural teeth. Our general dentists work with Dr. Cifuni to make the stages of this procedure as smooth and seamless as it can possibly be.
Dental implants are used to replace missing tooth roots and they are designed to last a lifetime. They are made of titanium or titanium alloy and are surgically placed in your jawbone where tooth roots are needed to replace missing teeth. An implant supports a crown that is customized to look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. and are designed to last a lifetime. They can support single crowns, large bridges, and even dentures. There are many types of dental implants and many ways to use dental implants to improve the look and feel of your smile and your overall quality of life.
Dental Implant FAQ:
Am I a good candidate for implants?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants regardless of their age. If you are in good health and wish to permanently replace a missing a tooth, or teeth, there is a very good chance dental implants are the ideal solution for you. If you’ve experienced bone loss in the area where your teeth are missing you may require some pre-surgical bone grafting to improve the health and density of the bone necessary to support your implants. If you are a smoker it is likely you will experience less successful outcome with your dental implants. Our dentists and periodontal surgeon are happy to discuss this life changing option with you any time. Call and set up a consultation appointment to learn more.
How do implants work?
Once you’ve lost a tooth, your jawbone begins to degrade. The tooth roots in your mouth stimulate blood flow to that bone tissue and without the root your body dissolves bone tissue it sees as no longer necessary. Teeth surrounding the edentulous space (where the missing tooth was) will begin to shift and drift into the gap and your bite will change. The sooner a dental implant, or tooth root replacement, can be placed, the sooner these conditions can be arrested. Implants are designed to last a lifetime as a permanent replace for your missing tooth’s root and as a support structure for the crown that will look and feel exactly like your natural teeth.
Can you make my dentures function better with implants?
Your denture experience can be dramatically improved with dental implants! An implant-supported denture is fitted with snaps that are positioned to click onto the connecting snap that is attached to the dental implants. Where regular dentures rest directly on the gums secured only with adhesive, your implant supported dentures are locked into place on the root like structure of the implants. Most patients experience a dramatic improvement in their comfort level with implant supported dentures and can confidently enjoy foods they have not been able to eat for years! An implant-supported denture can, and should, be removed daily to clean the denture and your gum area around the implants. Some patients prefer to have fixed crown and bridgework supported by implants that are not removable. Our dentists and implant surgeon will consider your particular needs and preferences when recommending fixed or removable options.
Does it hurt to get a dental implant?
Fortunately, when your procedure is completed by a highly skilled and qualified periodontal surgeon, your actual implant surgery procedure shouldn’t hurt at all. You may have some slight post-surgical discomfort, but most of our patients find it minimal and easy to manage. Getting dental implants is relatively painless, don’t let concern about prevent you from replacing your missing teeth!
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