Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants can be the most realistic looking and feeling way to replace missing teeth. Typically, the implant is placed by one of our oral surgeon partners after careful discussion with Dr. Link regarding placement and the restorative option chosen. The implant needs from four to six months to heal and integrate into the bone. At that point, it is uncovered and the restorative process begins. The restorative component is usually a very quick and easy process to replace the missing tooth or teeth. The result will be a very natural looking and feeling replacement.
If you have ill fitting or loose dentures or are in need of full mouth extractions, implant retained dentures can be a wonderful alternative. Like with single tooth implants, the oral surgeon partner places the implant with Dr. Links guidance. After healing, the implants are uncovered a new denture is made to fit over attachments that are placed on the implants. The results are dentures that are stable and very comfortable to wear and eat with.
Other options include the Revive-A-Smile program which is a "teeth in a day" type of treatment. Please see the other sections for more information.