Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options to replace missing teeth.

For some people, 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 will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.


Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than a bridge?

Yes. Dental implants can provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures. Implants, however, are not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation will help determine if you would be a good candidate.

What is involved in placing implants?

The first step is a comprehensive oral evaluation to determine tooth replacement options.  Second, a surgical procedure to place the implant or implants is performed.  Lastly, the final restoration is fabricated and put in place.  This process can take several months.  Be assured, that you will be guided through the process from the very first appointment.