Dental Implants

Whether you have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, gum disease, accident or tooth decay, missing a tooth can affect many aspects of a person’s life. Missing teeth can make it hard to eat, can cosmetically look unappealing, and can eventually lead to loss of other nearby teeth. When a tooth is lost, the bone below the tooth is also affected and can begin receding. This can lead to teeth around the excavated spot to start moving out of place which could eventually lead to their extraction. Dental implants are a great way to stop this cycle from occurring. In the long run, dental implants can save someone a lot of money for future treatments that will be needed.

How do dental implants work?

The base of the implant acts as a new root and attaches itself to the bone below. The titanium in dental implants is biocompatible, meaning the body won’t fight it and will accept it as a replacement. This new base acts as a strong foundation for the missing teeth. Afterward, a crown is placed on top of the titanium post which acts like a normal tooth. They can be cosmetically made to match neighboring teeth and also allow you to eat as you normally would. They are often more advantageous than dentures due to the permeant nature of the implant.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Certain conditions like diabetes, uncontrolled gum disease or cancer treatment can greatly effect if a patient can use dental implants, so it is important to disclose this to your dentist.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.