What is a dental implant?A dental implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and will help to prevent bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. A significant benefit of dental implants is that they can replace a missing tooth without involving adjacent teeth. And dental implants can be used to replace one, two or an entire set of missing teeth.
Are implants right for you?Dr. Petkevis will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You must be healthy enough for surgery and have adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Your concerns are important to us, and our entire team will work closely with you to make your experience a success.
The Dental Implant ProcessFor most patients, dental implant placement involves two procedures:
- First, the dental implant, a tiny titanium post, is surgically placed into the jawbone. The healing process varies, but generally takes three to six months. The dentist may place a temporary restoration onto the dental implant during the healing process to replace aesthetics and function.
- The second part of the dental implant procedure involves the implant restoration. Dr. Petkevis will uncover the dental implant and attach an abutment. The replacement tooth or teeth will be attached to the abutment for a permanent restoration. In the case of a single missing tooth, Dr. Petkevis will use a dental crown. For two or more missing teeth, he may use a dental bridge or denture.
Types Of Dental ImplantsDental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or to permanently secure a bridge or denture. Dr. Petkevis offers all types of dental implants to replace lost teeth and restore your daily quality of life with natural functioning results.
- Single tooth implants: a dental implant is often the best way to replace one missing tooth because it does not require degradation of neighboring teeth to support an appliance. The post will act much like a tooth root and reduce bone loss in the jaw.
- Multiple tooth implant: if several consecutive teeth have been lost, dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge for a permanent smile solution that will improve your overall oral health as in the case of a single implant.
- All On Four: this procedure uses as few as four dental implants to secure a hybrid denture and provide a stable restoration when all of the top or bottom teeth are missing. Dr. Petkevis recommends the All On Four option for patients struggling with a poor fitting denture or have to have an entire arch of teeth removed. Your implant secured denture will offer many benefits for lasting oral health and daily quality of life.