Dental implants have truly revolutionized dentistry over the past twenty years. The best way to picture a dental implant is to imagine a titanium screw, which is essentially screwed into your jaw bone. Then, bone grows around the implant, holding it firmly in place. The titanium screw can then be used in two different ways:
Replace missing teeth: If you are missing one tooth or several teeth, dental implants can be used to replace them. After the implant screw is placed into the jaw bone, a crown can be placed on top of the implant screw that looks and feels like your other teeth. Even if you are missing numerous teeth, many dental implants can be placed to replace the missing teeth. Even if you are missing all your teeth, dental implants can often be used to replace them all. (Learn more about implants being used to replace teeth.)
Hold in a denture or partial denture: If you have a denture or partial denture, dental implants can be used to secure it in place while you chew and speak. If your denture is loose or you use denture adhesive, dental implants can truly change your life. First, the implant screw is placed into your jaw bone. Then, a ball is placed on top of the screw. This ball fits perfectly into a corresponding socket on the inside of your denture or partial denture. The denture or partial denture will snap into place, with the ball-and-socket firmly holding it in. Creating dentures and partial dentures that stay in perfectly while eating and speaking is the hardest task of any dentist. However, dental implants have drastically changed this. If you need a denture or partial denture, you should highly consider using dental implants to hold it in. Also, if you currently have a loose denture or partial denture, they can often be adjusted to snap into dental implants. Learn more about using dental implants to hold in dentures or partial dentures.
If you are interesting in learning more about dental implants, we wrote numerous articles about the topic. Below, you can see numerous links to different questions and answers about implants.
Dr. Lee Hauer: Periodontist & Implant placement specialist
Our implant placement specialist, periodontist Dr. Lee Hauer, comes to the office each week to perform the highest quality implant surgeries. Dr. Hauer uses only the most technological equipment and has over 18 years of training and experience in implant dentistry. Dental implants are such a common procedure in our office that we are extremely familiar with all implant types. We personally prefer to use Nobel Biocare implants, as they are made from the highest quality materials and are extremely well researched and tested. Nobel Biocare even provides a Warranty on their implant parts, which is unique in the industry. Actually, patients often present to our office with old implants, nervous because they forgot the name of the implant system used. Due to our familiarity with all implant systems, we are able to figure out the company of the implant and address any of the patient’s concerns. If you live in the south Florida area and are considering dental implants, please feel free to schedule a complimentary evaluation in our office.