Dental Implants

dental-implantsDr. Richard Staller has performed over 8,000 dental implant procedures over the course of the last three decades. That kind of experience enables him to craft a fully individualized replacement plan and then conduct every part of its implementation, including removing damaged teeth.

How does a dental implant work? 

A dental implant can replace a single damaged or missing tooth. They can also replace multiple teeth when they’re anchored by a bridge. Dr. Staller will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to determine whether you’re a viable candidate.

An implant is essentially a prosthetic tooth. It’s comprised of three parts:

  • The implant device, which acts as an anchor for the implant’s artificial roots. It’s installed directly into the jawbone, and it requires three to six months to bond to the jawbone before the procedure can continue. Today’s implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that’s bio-compatible and especially strong and durable. It also has the unique ability to fuse directly to the bone.
  • The abutment, a metal post that connects the crown to the implant device. Think of it as the foundation for your new tooth.
  • The crown, which is the replacement tooth. Crowns are designed to look and feel as much like your natural teeth as possible, from the shape to the shading of the enamel. Rest assured, you’ll be smiling with confidence again.

Are dental implants for me?

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely lost a tooth—or several. Whether they were lost through an accident, disease, or decay, dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for nearly everyone. (Implants can even be used in place of dentures.) They’re strong and stable and they allow you to eat most foods, depending on the type of implant restoration. Just as importantly, they look and generally feel like your own natural teeth.

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