Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that will simulate a natural tooth in root function. The implant is placed in the bone and then bonds with the bone to serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Dental implants help prevent further bone loss which will help maintain facial structure. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.

Implants are not for everyone. You must be in good general health, have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to support the implant(s). You must be willing to see your dentist or dental specialist several times until the treatment is complete, and take very good care of your implant(s). In addition, implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth.

It’s normal for bone to shrink if it no longer has teeth to support. Because an implant bonds to bone, the bone is less likely to shrink. But if you have been missing teeth for some time, you may have lost bone. A bone graft can build up the bone so it can support an implant.

Because implants bond to the bone, teeth attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth.

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FAQ

What is a Comprehensive Oral Exam?

A COE is like a physical for your head and neck. It is a thorough evaluation and documentation of your teeth, gums, jaw bones, lymph nodes, and jaw joints. It is the foundation of the routine check-up. Your course of treatment is determined as a result of this exam.

What is a Recare Exam?

A recare is exam is the check-up which determines any changes since the previous COE.

Why do I need to have x-rays?

Digital x-rays show areas not visible to the eye.

How often do I need to have a COE?

A COE is recommended every 3-5 years depending on your history. Your dentist will determine what is right for you.

Can I just have a cleaning without a exam?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth cleaned without having a check-up, but it is recommended that you see the dentist for a check-up every 6-9 months to catch problems early.