A dental implant is a replacement for a missing natural tooth root. The titanium implant post
is anchored into the jawbone, allowing a natural looking artificial tooth to be attached. The
anchor stimulates the growth of new bone, bonding the implant firmly in place. The final result
is a remarkably strong, stable tooth that looks just like a natural tooth.
Just a few years ago, patients only had two options for missing teeth – dentures and fixed
bridges. But neither offered a permanent solution. Dentures aren’t “set” and
therefore move when patients are eating or talking. Not only
can this be an embarrassment, but also substantial
bone loss can occur since no root is affixed into the jawbone
(bone resorption). Fixed bridges often adversely affect the healthy
People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities
caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead
to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless of the nature of problems related
to tooth loss, dental implants can provide scientifically proven results.
As implant science continues to advance, the concept of Same Day Teeth has proven popular
with patients. Usually there’s a three to six month integration period whereby the titanium post
fuses with the jawbone. However, Same Day Teeth can be completed in just one office visit.
Patients who have lost a front tooth are especially excited about the prospects of having the
procedure completed in such a short time. Dr. Locante has been at the forefront of research
and practice of the Same Day procedures.
A dental implant is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone;
the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and
the crown (permanent tooth), which fits onto the abutment for a natural looking appearance.
When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion, or osseointegration, of the
implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did, which is a major component
of the jawbone solidity.
If several teeth are missing in the same area, patients can still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle
benefits that are produced by dental implants. The dentist will place two or more dental
implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. The new replacement teeth will
then be attached to the implants to establish excellent function and prevent bone loss. The
dental implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into the replacement teeth.