Dental Implant Basics
FROM COMMON THINGS LIKE WEAR AND TEAR, TO TRAUMA OR DISEASE, some adults have experienced permanent tooth loss. Regardless of the level of loss, oral discomfort and/or a lack of confidence are the common results.
Of course, permanent tooth loss is something Dr. Durham and our team do their best to prevent. However, it isn’t always possible. The good news is, there are some beautiful and highly functional solutions available at our practice.
Implant dentistry is not new, although from its original origins in the 50’s it has come a long way. Initial discoveries came when scientists learned how to fuse bones with titanium, making natural bone support possible. Today, this original discovery is used by Dr. Durham to copy the root and tooth system that your mouth naturally has.
Implants are first placed within the gum line. Then, they are given 3–6 months healing time to ensure complete and proper fusion. After the implants have healed, the custom crown, bridge, or dentures can be placed. After this placement (unlike traditional dentures or bridges) the solution is much stronger and long lasting, giving you the confident smile you desire.
As with most dental procedures, dental implants begin with a consultation with Dr. Durham to help with any questions you may have and give us a chance to create a custom-tailored plan that best meets your needs.
Here is a simple illustration of how dental implants work:
To learn more about how implant dentistry corrects and enhances smiles, schedule an appointment to visit with us.