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Dental Implants

What is a dental implant? Dental implants are artificial roots, placed under the gum line, that are designed to either replace a missing tooth (teeth) or to secure a partial or denture. They are a good option for those individuals that have lost one or more teeth and desire a secure, long lasting replacement.

Why? When replacing a single tooth, dental implants are often the most natural tooth replacement option, both in function and ability to clean. They have the advantage over obtaining a bridge in that they require no modification to the neighboring teeth. This helps to limit the potential for future cavities and possible damage to adjacent other teeth. Additionally, since dental implants are made of titanium, there is no potential for cavity development.

How? With the use of a dental implant hand piece, a small hole is made in the bone. Once the direction indicator is placed to make sure the implant is exactly where the doctor wants it, the hole is then slowly expanded to the appropriate implant size. The implant is then placed directly into the bone and a healing abutment or cover screw is placed on top of it to prevent tissue growing into the implant. If necessary, a few sutures are placed.

Implants are only considered the "root" of the tooth; once we place the titanium root, you must see your general dentist for the aesthetic portion of the restoration (the implant crown) We do not do restorative dentistry at Wetzel Periodontics.

You will have 3 appointments after the initial surgery so as to keep up with your progress. If anything would occur during this time, please do not hesitate to call us.