Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
If you have lost teeth due to injury or decay, chances are that dental implants can help you regain the look and functionality of a complete set of teeth. A dental implant is an inert metal cylinder – usually made of titanium – that is surgically implanted in the jaw to serve as an artificial root on which a crown, bridge, or denture is placed.
Dental implants are the most natural option to replace missing teeth. As those who are missing one or more teeth know, chewing, speech, and appearance can be affected negatively by gaps between teeth.
With implants, missing teeth can be replaced without involving the adjacent healthy teeth, as is the case with dental bridges. Completed implants replicate most closely to the natural condition of your own teeth, and they may be used to replace one or several teeth, and will last for many years if you take good care of them – including brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and making routine appointments with your dentist.
Implants generally take three to six months to complete, allowing time for your bone around the implant to heal and become stable. During the healing phase a patient may elect to replace a missing tooth or teeth with a temporary restoration or partial. Once the implant is completely healed, Dr. Stanfield will place a custom crown that will restore dental function and esthetic appearance of your smile.