If you are missing a tooth or teeth, Dentistry at Windermere can give you a full, healthy smile with dental implants. Dental implants are permanent restorations that look completely natural and will give you a complete, beautiful, more confident smile.
A dental implant is a durable restorative solution that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth and can even be used to secure bridges and dentures. This is accomplished using a titanium anchor that is surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone. After your bone tissue fuses with the titanium post to create a solid foundation, the anchor is then crowned to blend with your other teeth.
When replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, we’ll use what is called an implant-retained crown. This will involve an all-porcelain crown that is attached directly to the implant post via a metal connector called an abutment. Because this new tooth will have the same root-crown structure as those surrounding it, it will resemble the neighboring teeth in every way and provide the same level of function. With the proper maintenance, which only includes standard oral hygiene and dental visits, this implant can be expected to last semi-permanently as long as they are properly maintained.
For patients missing several teeth, dental implants are also often used as anchors for bridges and dentures. Because the titanium post mimics the root of a natural tooth, a dental implant adds stability and gives patients added confidence that their restorations won’t shift.
At Dentistry at Windermere, we also place mini dental implants. Mini implants can be secured in a matter of hours, and are frequently used to secure dentures. Mini implants are performed in a single appointment, as they require significantly less-invasive surgery, and patients will undergo a much shorter healing process.