A dental implant is a surgical replacement for the roots of a tooth.Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. They are tiny titanium posts that are placed in and bonded with the jawbone in order to act as an orthodontic anchor or to support a dental prosthesis such as a denture, crown, bridge, or facial prosthesis. Small posts that protrude through the gums are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
If you are interested in dental implants, you should speak with your general dentist in before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hoffman. If you are in good general health, this treatment may be an option for you. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing. In order to give your implant the best chance of success, be sure to carefully discuss your health with Dr. Hoffman at your consultation appointment prior to the surgery.
The implant is first surgically placed in the jawbone. Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. The bone grows around the implant, making it strong and holding it in place. This process can take several months to complete, so some patients may choose to have the artificial teeth placed after the implant is completely integrated. After the implant is firmly in place, your general dentist will continue with your treatment, placing an artificial tooth or bridge with customized size, shape, and color to blend in with your other teeth.
Since the success of an implant is not always guaranteed, we will not take payment for your implant until after we are completely sure it is fully integrated.