What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement. It is placed surgically in the bone where the tooth is missing. There are three components to replacing teeth with dental implants: the implant itself (placed surgically), the abutment (connector piece), and the tooth or teeth. Depending on the surgery, a tooth or teeth can sometimes be connected to the implant(s) that day.

How many implants do I need?

There are many options for replacing teeth with dental implants. This could be as simple as one implant to replace one missing tooth. However, if there are multiple missing teeth, then there are many different options for utilizing dental implants in replacing those teeth. This could be a fixed solution like crowns, bridges, or “hybrids”, or it could be a removable solution like a snap-on partial or denture. For someone without teeth, we start with a minimum of 4 implants in the upper jaw (“all-on-four”) and as few as 2 implants in the lower jaw.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

A thorough review of your medical history and dental history is imperative in determining your eligibility for dental implant therapy. Risk factors like smoking and diabetes affect the body’s ability to heal around the dental implant and could result in failure of the implant to integrate.

What if I already have dental implants — are there options for me?

Yes. Many patients seek care in our practice with existing dental implants. In addition to regular care and annual check-ups, we also provide services for patients who have had implant complications. This could be identification and repair of older implants or putting teeth on poorly located implants.