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Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed titanium implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.

Implants offer great stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.

Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Baldwin or Dr. Petersen will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. This evaluation involves a 3D scan of the area where an implant is proposed. We will evaluate the bone height and width as well as digitally plan placement of the implant. Quality esthetic results helps us plan placement of the implant and manage the surrounding bone and gum tissues to provide you with the best results. 

What is involved in placing implants?

If the tooth is still in place it must first be removed. In certain situations and for some teeth we can take the tooth out and place the implant the same day. This depends on how well the natural tooth comes out and the health of the bone following extraction. If the site and surrounding bone are not good candidates for placing the implant the same day as an extraction we normally will recommend a bone graft for this site. The bone graft assures that the bone height and width will maintain it's dimensions in preparation for the implant. As advanced as implants are, if we don't have sufficient bone, the implant is at risk of failure. This is why we recommend the graft.

Surgery to place the implant or "post" involves us getting you numb just as we would with a filling or crown. Surgery can 1-2 hours depending on how complex the case is. If you prefer to be sedated during the procedure we do offer sedation for these procedures. As we are placing the implant we will verify that the positioning and placement is ideal for long term strength and ideal esthetics when we restore the implant. Healing times vary from 4-6 months allowing the required time for bone to grow around the implant and securely hold it in place. Depending on your situation the implant may be completely covered following surgery or we may leave a small silver button showing. If it is completely covered it will a second procedure to uncover the implant. 

Depending on whether your implants are for a crown/bridge or a denture will determine what comes next: