If you are missing teeth, dentures aren’t your only option. Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods, restore your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem. At Waterford Family Dental Care, we are educated and experienced in the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence.
Implants are permanent structures that replace the roots of lost teeth. If your dentist determines that you are a candidate for dental implants, you will be referred to an oral surgeon. Your surgeon will place the implants under the gums, then over a three to six month period, the bones grow around and adapt to the implants as they would with natural roots. Once the implants are secure and the surrounding tissue is strong, they are ready to support a crown or restored tooth. You will return to your dentist for the finished product: “new” teeth that are almost indistinguishable from a patient’s original teeth.
If the implant site lacks the bone volume to support the implant, you will likely need a bone graft. Normally, a pre-surgery X-Ray can determine if you will need a bone graft, but in some cases it is not discovered until the implant site is opened during surgery. Bone grafts are safe and effective, and once the graft is placed, it will help replace missing bone, stimulate bone formation, and increase bone volume.
Not only do our dental implant patients experience the benefits of new and permanent teeth, they feel a renewed confidence and improved quality of life, as well. To determine your candidacy for implants, we will thoroughly examine your existing teeth, bones, upper and lower jaws, gum tissue and overall general health. Contact us for more information about Dental Implants.