Dental Implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
With overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently used in modern dentistry. Unlike using adjacent teeth as anchors (like fixed bridges), or resting on the gum line (like removable dentures), dental implants are a long term fixed replacement solution for missing teeth.
With the ability of an implant to integrate, or lock into the bone, the implant acts as a strong foundation for a crown or prosthetic, combining the best in modern science and technology to help replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are considered the closest replacement to natural teeth available today. They are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. Made from titanium and other materials that are well-suited to the human body, implants attach to the jaw bone and other surrounding tissues to become a solid base for one or more custom artificial replacement teeth, or crowns.
A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth 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
- the crown which is fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
The implant is surgically place by Dr. Matt Lorson, our Periodontist. The abutment and crown are designed and placed by your Dental Health Associates of Madison dentist.
If you are missing several teeth in the same area of the mouth you may still enjoy the benefits of implants. Implants can be used to support permanent bridges, or dentures. Dr. Matt Lorson can place two or more implants depending upon the number of missing teeth. These implants will support your new teeth, giving you the increase in comfort and confidence.
Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than when wearing complete or partial removable dentures. We hear comments on the increase in confidence in eating during a social situations and their overall comfort while chewing.
It is a Team Effort.
Dental implants involve a team from several disciplines. At Dental Health Associates we can coordinate and deliver both the placement and restorative parts of dental implants. Your DHA dentist will be happy to discuss implants and develop a specific treatment plan to help you reach your goals.
After your treatment plan has been discussed and you have decided to proceed with implant treatment, a referral will made to Dr. Matt Lorson. Dr. Lorson will place the implant and follow your care until the integration is complete. Once the dental implant has integrated in the jawbone, the restorative portion of your treatment will be completed with your Dental Health Associates of Madison dentist.
FAQs about Dental Implants
Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?
With the exception of growing children, dental implants can be the solution of choice for any ages, even those with certain health concerns. Dental implant placement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. Your Dental Health Associates of Madison dentist will be happy to discuss specific questions or concerns with you.
How long does a dental implant take?
Once the existing tooth is extracted, and proper healing has occurred (usually 2-3 months), the implant can be placed. Typical it will take around 3 months for an implant to integrate into the bone. Healing times can vary depending on the quality of bone where the implant was placed. A few weeks are needed to place a crown and your smile can be restored. Your DHA dentist can tell you more specifically how long this procedure will take for you!