Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants do not move or slip along the gums, and they require no extra daily maintenance aside from your normal brushing and flossing routine. At True Dentistry our experienced implant dentist, Joseph G. Willardsen, DDS, can create a treatment plan that will provide you with custom-designed dental implants to restore your smile with beautiful results.
- What are Dental Implants?
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Candidates for Dental Implants
- The Dental Implant Process
- Dental Implant Options We Offer
What are Dental Implants?
Comprised of an implanted titanium post that mimics the tooth root, dental implants can support a variety of custom-made restorations. Dental implants can provide unparalleled stability, reliability, and function. Furthermore, this tooth restoration technique offers outstanding aesthetics to create a natural looking smile that suits you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can help you to achieve a beautiful, complete smile without the need for dentures. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Improved ability to chew, bite, and speak
- Permanent replacement for missing teeth
- No additional maintenance required
- Customized fit; no slipping or movement along the gums
- Natural look and feel
- Improved appearance
Candidates for Dental Implants
With so many clear advantages over more traditional methods of tooth replacement, patients often want to choose dental implants. However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. The first step in rejuvenating your smile with dental implants is determining whether or not they are right for you.
In addition to having one or more missing or severely damaged teeth, patients who are good candidates for dental implants must exhibit the following characteristics:
- Healthy gum tissue and good overall dental health
- A fully developed jawbone
- Sufficient jawbone density to support implants
- Good overall health
The best way to determine if dental implants are appropriate for you is to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. During the consultation, your dentist will perform an oral exam, assess the condition of your gums and jawbone, review your medical history, and recommend a treatment plan that can meet your needs. For patients who may not be ideal candidates for dental implants, our dentists can offer other reconstructive solutions, such as dental bridges, partials, or removable dentures.
The Dental Implant Process
Dr. Willardsen will first conduct a thorough exam to confirm that you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will ensure that you have sufficient jawbone density, allowing the dental implant to be anchored properly.
The Dental Implant Post
The dental implant is composed of a strong titanium post or you can inquire about a metal-free dental implant. Precisely placed in the area of the missing tooth, the post will gradually fuse to the jawbone over the next few months. This process will allow the implant to become a part of your mouth, mimicking a natural tooth root. Dr. Willardsen can place a temporary crown over the top of the implant as you wait for it to heal.
The Dental Implant Crown
Once the dental implant has successfully fused with your bone, Dr. Willardsen adds the abutment, which allows the crown restoration to attach to its post in the jaw. As a result, your implant is stronger and is more permanent, though it can still be removed by your doctor should this become necessary in the future. Then he attaches a permanent crown. This new crown can be custom-made for you in our office, using E4D ceramic restoration technology. The crown will look like your natural tooth in shape, size, and color, blending in to complete your new, beautifully restored smile.
When the permanent crown has been placed, Dr. Willardsen will give it a final polish. The results should look and feel so comfortable and natural that you may have a tough time distinguishing the replacement tooth from your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Options We Offer
- Teeth-In-A-Day – All-on-4® Anchored Dentures
- Metal-free Dental Implants
- Single vs. Multiple Tooth Replacement
Contact True Dentistry
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Willardsen, please contact True Dentistry today.