What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium anchor which is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This titanium anchor acts as a tooth’s root system. Once implanted, the patient’s gum will grow over the dental implant and the bone will begin to bond to the metal anchor which over time forms a very strong foundation for a post into which a crown will eventually be attached. This bonding process is known as osseointegration. Depending upon your unique situation, this process generally takes between 3 and 6 months.

Once the bonding process has occurred, a small post will be attached to the implant which will protrude through the gum. Once the post is secure, your new tooth may be attached.

Dental Implant Evaluations and Pricing Information

Since everyone’s situation is unique, our dental implants are priced based upon the time, materials and stages necessary for the most natural acting and beautiful looking result.

Our professional perspective into our patient’s long term happiness and dental health prevents us from competing with dental clinics promising the lowest priced dental implants; however, if a flawless result interests you more than the cheapest price, we invite you to come in so that we may evaluate your situation.

The Implant Procedure

Dental implants are placed into your jawbone. Sometimes a bone graft may be required to build-up new bone that has deteriorated.

Depending upon your situation, between three to six months after surgery the implants will need to sit beneath the surface of the gums in order to bond with the jawbone. During this period you will be able to eat a soft diet and you will be able to wear a temporary partial denture.

After the implant has finished bonding to the jawbone, small posts will need to be attached to the implants into which an artificial tooth, or crown will be secured, the posts will not be visible once the tooth is on.

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

For dental implants to be successful, a foundation of adequate bone is absolutely necessary. The available bone needs to be deep, wide, dense and thick enough to anchor the dental implant.

If you postpone your decision to replace a missing tooth, significant bone loss can occur as a result of the previous tooth loss making an empty space which is unsuitable for an implant. By altering the area of the jaw with natural bone material, the implant site can be made much more appropriate to host an artificial tooth.