Implant dentistry allows guests who have lost a tooth or teeth the opportunity to recreate a natural look and feel with an implanted tooth. Using healthy bone structure, the dentist replaces the missing tooth, root and all, to restore the tooth to its normal function.
The dentists of ILAS are highly trained in providing dental teeth implants, and in the placement and restoration of implants. Our office uses the very latest in technology, including 3D Cone Beam technology, to give our team a 3D perspective of your anatomy, ensuring optimal placement of the implants and long-term stability. Implants are a great option when considering a bridge or denture as well.
A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed into the bone of a missing tooth, replacing what was once the root of the tooth. A crown is then attached to the implant during a surgical procedure to simulate an individual tooth.
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth with an implanted one, whereas a dental bridge is non-surgical and uses the adjacent teeth to support a new cosmetic tooth. Tooth implants aren’t invasive to surrounding teeth, which is especially desirable if they are healthy and in good condition. By stimulating the root, the bone is engaged and kept healthy. Because an implant is an individual tooth, it is also easier to floss around it.
A bridge can be a good choice if the adjacent teeth are in need of restoration. There are many factors to consider when choosing between an implant and a bridge, such as age, timing, and bone health, and you should discuss these with Dr. Riley when looking at your options.
Once it is determined that a guest is a good candidate for dental implants, there is a visit scheduled to surgically place the implant. Sometimes the application is ready for immediate restoration, but other times the guest may need to wait anywhere from three to six months for bone growth to solidify around the implant and anchor it. Once there is sufficient bone growth, the restoration with the implant can then be completed.