If you are missing a tooth, you are most likely a candidate for a dental implant. You have probably seen people missing teeth and the problems that arise from this issue. Your smile suffers. You might not be able to eat foods you used to enjoy. You may feel self-conscious.
Dr. Linty understands that there is a lot more happening below the gum line than you may think. Without the tooth’s root to stimulate it, the dental bone that holds your teeth in place and helps give it its shape now begins to deteriorate. Over time, this leads to additional lost teeth and even changes in your appearance. Though there are several options to replace missing teeth, dental implants are the only option to stop bone loss and structural changes.
Dental implants provide a stable, natural and permanent alternative to other restorative dental treatments, such as bridges or partials. The implant ‘root’ is surgically implanted in the jaw, then given time to heal and integrate with surrounding bone.
A custom-designed crown is secured to the implant ‘root’ to restore the missing tooth resulting in a more beautiful, healthy and functional smile.
If you have questions about this procedure or wonder if it might be right for you, call Dr. Linty for an implant consultation.
If you've lost a tooth due to injury, decay, gum disease, or any other reason, we recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants come the closest to replicating the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone and mirror the same function as the root of a tooth. The procedure for dental implants is usually performed while a patient is sedated. Patients who undergo IV sedation must have an empty stomach and transportation home following the procedure. Most sedation patients will have little to no memory of the procedure occurring.
Generally, dental implants are made out of a biocompatible metal such as titanium. Biocompatible metals are also used for other common bone implants (such as shoulder, hip, and knee replacements). The visible portion of the implant is usually made out of porcelain and is custom-made to match your existing teeth.
Dental implants are designed to fuse to the bone, which makes them become permanent fixtures. Typically speaking, the success rate is nearly 100%. There are few cases in which the implant will not fuse as intended and must be removed. If this happens to occur, the procedure can be attempted again a few months later.
Dental implants are not usually covered by dental insurance, but may be covered under a patient's medical insurance. Our office and your insurance company can discuss coverage options with you based on your individual case and treatment plan.
It's easy... just take care of an implant as if it's a natural tooth! This involves regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. If you have any concerns about your implant, contact us immediately.