Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. They are extremely predictable and look and feel like natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used as a replacement of the root of a missing tooth lost due to an accident, tooth decay or periodontal disease. They are surgical grade bio compatible titanium and integrate into the jaw where the original root of the tooth once was.
Once the implant has integrated, a crown is placed on top. The one difference between a crown placed on a natural tooth and a crown for an implant is that a crown for an implant has an additional component that is fastened to the implant so that the crown can be attached to the implant. This additional component is called an abutment.
Implants are one of the best way to replace missing teeth; they look and feel natural and best of all you can floss around them just as a normal tooth.
Actual patient of Dr. Sellinger
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Dental Implant Restorations
Not only can implants be used to replace single missing teeth but they can replace multiple teeth as well. Implants can be used as anchors for bridges and even be used to attach removable dentures. Additionally implants can be used to replace all of the teeth in a mouth if needed.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?
Typically with today’s dentistry if you have a missing tooth or several teeth, more often than not you are a candidate for an implant. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a whole mouth of missing teeth. Additionally implants can be used as an anchor for a denture or a partial denture to stabilize them. Sometimes grafting may be necessary to provide more bone to support the implant. A through evaluation with radiographs and if needed a CT-Scan (3-d image) of the bone can be taken to evaluate the quality of the bone to receive implants.
Full mouth of implant supported bridges in a full mouth rehabilitation of one of Dr. Sellinger’s patients.
For answers to questions about implants see our FAQ section.