Life Changing Dental Procedures From An Experienced Dental Team
Changing Lives One Smile At A Time
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. This concept for oral rehabilitation was developed 40 years ago by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. His pioneering research on the osseointegration of titanium dental implants has enabled millions of people world-wide to regain their comfort and self-confidence that was once lost to missing teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implant Materials
Many patients question what materials will be placed in their mouth. There are two main materials that make up dental implants.
Titanium: Surgical grade titanium is used because it has been established to integrate with our bone. Titanium is routinely used for knee and hip replacements and yields high success for tooth replacement.
Zirconia: A strong, biocompatible ceramic material, providing patients with a more natural esthetic. Zirconia’s capability as a long term implant option has continued to improve as developments in its manufacturing processes have occurred.
Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, our surgeons must first see you for an initial consultation and oral examination. The purpose of the initial consultation is for our team to review your medical and dental history and evaluate your current dental condition. Only then can our team determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
For some patients, the current state of their mouth may not be ideal for placing dental implants. For example, some patients have suffered from extreme bone loss and they do not have enough bone for the implant to be placed securely. In that case, our doctors may recommend additional treatment, such as bone grafting. In order to provide the dental implants with the highest chance for success, they must have a strong foundation. To learn more about the long term effects of bone loss, please visit our Bone Grafting page.