Dental Implants FAQs
What are dental implants?
Dental implants permanently restore both the root and the crown of a missing tooth. Dr. Peterson replaces the root by surgically implanting a Titanium “root” into the bone. After the dental implant heals and is bonded to the bone, he attaches the “tooth”, called a crown, to the root.
What are the alternatives to dental implants?
Dental implants are often used in place of a dental bridge or partial denture, spacer, or dentures.
What are the advantages of dental implants over these alternatives?
Dental implants have the distinct advantage of being the most permanent of these choices, and feel and function like natural teeth. They also help preserve bone tissue, the shape of the arch and facial fullness. While they require good oral hygiene, they are less hassle than removable options, and, certainly, are not going to get lost.
Are dental implants right for everyone?
Dental implants have been used to restore teeth for people of all ages. You need to have healthy bones and gums, and sufficient bone to support the implant. Other health factors to consider include chronic diseases. For example, diabetes can affect healing. Dr. Peterson will make sure you meet all the criteria during your personal evaluation before making any recommendations.
What is involved in the dental implant procedure?
First the titanium implant (root) is surgically placed in the bone. This stage requires several months for the bone to fuse with the implant.
We then have a custom titanium abutment made that fits into the implant
After your gums have healed, Dr. Peterson attaches the “tooth” which is consistent in shape, size and color to blend in naturally with your other teeth.