Dental implants are an extremely natural-looking option for the replacement of missing teeth. These titanium implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots and are used to attach replacement teeth below the gum line. Dental implants are popular because they look and function much like natural teeth. They don't rely on surrounding teeth for support as dental bridges do, and no special care is needed.
Dental implants are typically placed in two steps. First, the implants are surgically placed into the patient's jawbone by a dental surgeon. The gums and jawbone are allowed to heal so that the bone fuses with the titanium implant. Once the healing process is completed and Dr. Kreitzberg determines that the bone has fused and established a solid foundation, he will craft a natural-looking replacement tooth and attach it to the implant.
Because the success of dental implants depends on how well they fuse to the jawbone, they work well only for patients who have sufficient bone and healthy gums. To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Glen R. or Dustin H. Kreitzberg for a full evaluation today!