What are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw.
The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment.
In many cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Dental Implants are Changing Lives!
Don’t settle for missing teeth! Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that can renew your smile. Contact us today to learn more!
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Dental Implant Surgical Advances
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Jeworski or Dr. Wang are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of eight to ten weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Jeworski or Wang perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
- Replacing Missing Teeth
- Overview of Implant Placement
- Missing All Upper or Lower Teeth
- Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
- Implant Supported Overdenture
- After Dental Implant Placement
- Cost of Dental Implants
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial
I've never had to have the procedure of getting a dental implant. I had never been to Dr. Jeworski. I was referred to him. He was very friendly. Prior to the procedure Dr. Jeworski explained what he was going to do very thoroughly. During the first portion of the procedure I felt zero pain and it went so quick and smooth! I still have to wait a few months for the follow up procedure, but I have complete confidence that Dr. Jeworski and his staff will take fantastic care of me!
- Kevin J