What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the ultimate solution for missing teeth.


Unlike bridges and crowns, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly installed. However, the process does take considerable time to complete (anywhere from 9 months to a 1.5 years). Of course, every situation is different, and the only qualifed individual for answering your implant questions is a licensed Periodontist.


Implants can provide an individual with a natural looking replacement for a missing tooth. The implants are secure and long lasting. Not everyone can get implants because they do require oral surgery. Anyone who undergoes invasive surgery must be in generally good health and they must also have sufficient bone available for the implant to be properly installed. Only a Peridontist can accurately determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants.



What Kind Of Dentist Can Perform Implant Surgery?

While a general practice dentist can ceratainly counsel you regarding a potential dental implant, it is highly advised that you speak with an actual Periodontist or an Oral Surgeon- they are the experts when it comes to dental implants.


Traditionally, Periodontists area of expertise were gum problems and gum disease. Over time, gum disease occurred less frequently due to the public awareness of the importance of taking care of their teath and gum. Periodontology, or Periodontics, is the dentistry specialty that studies the supporting structures of teeth as well as the diseases and their conditions that affect them.



What Are The Implants Made Of?

Dental implants consist of two pieces: a post that is installed into your jaw, and a crown that is placed directly onto the post.


Metal crowns are by far the longest lasting. However, they stand out in a person's mouth and are quite noticeable. Some people opt to have gold crowns.


Porcelain crowns are more aesthetically pleasing because they can be crafted to match your teeth color (people won't see them as readily when you open your mouth). However, they are known for having a shorter lifespan than metal crowns.


Am I Too Old To Get Implants?

Implants require a signficant amount of jaw bone in order for the implant to take. as long you have enough bone, you can get an implant. Your Age is irrelevant.