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A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. When decay has gone deep enough or when a periodontal disease has advanced enough to warrant an extraction, the entire tooth, root and all, is taken out. The dental implant is a titanium root that gets fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw. Once the root heals, we place an artificial crown on top. The new crown is customized to match your bite and the color of your teeth.  There is a piece in between the crown and the root implant called the abutment which connects the crown to the root.

What are the benefits of getting teeth implants?

  • They look and act like natural teeth

  • They can last a lifetime with the right care

  • You don’t need any adhesives

  • They improve appearance, comfort, and speech

  • It’s easier to eat

  • They are easier to clean than bridges.

In some cases implants cannot be placed if there is not enough space for the crown to go or if there is not enough bone for the implant root to be placed.  The amount of bone can be increased by some bone grafting procedures done with an oral surgeon.  The amount of space can be changed in some cases with braces.  Taking models and x-rays can help determine if enough space is available to place an implant and a crown.