What are implants?

An implant is a fixed restoration used to replace a missing tooth. Implants are placed below the gum line and anchor into the surrounding jaw bone. We generally allow the implant to integrate into the bone for a period of three to four months. Once the implant has integrated we can then place a permanent crown to restore the missing tooth. Implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. However, not everybody is an ideal candidate for an implant. The quality and quantity of bone present in the site of the missing tooth is a key component to determine if you are a candidate.  Come see us for a consult for more information regarding your restorative options!

Are there alternative options to replace a tooth besides an implant?

Other options for restoring a missing tooth include bridges and dentures.