Implants

Implants are one of the most advanced tooth replacement systems ever devised. If Implants are a choice in your treatment planning, Dr. Bogg and staff will always explain in detail the process and discuss in detail all your concerns.

Although it is best not to lose a tooth, things happen and implants are a really good way to replace them. Replacements of missing teeth is best done as soon as possible after they are lost. If too much time passes, neighboring teeth can drift into that space and the bone which was holding the original tooth can shrink.
 

Implants in place to retain a denture securely Fitting surface of the finished denture showing the retentive aids that snap on to the implants After smile with an implant supported denture with greatly enhanced function

 
A dental implant is a metal post placed in the jaw where the tooth is missing. The bone around it is then allowed to grow into it. This is called integration of the implant to the jaw bone and usually takes a few months. Once integrated, a support (abutment) and tooth (restoration) can be fabricated onto the implant. They look and feel very close to the normal tooth.
 

Missing tooth X-ray of the implant and crown in place Tooth in place

 

When teeth are removed, the alveolar bone (bone around the roots of the teeth) shrinks (over a period of time) since they don’t have to hold the teeth any longer. This process can be prevented because implants preserve the jawbone. Implants are a long term solution and will never decay. However, implants can get gum disease (peri-implantitis) and have to be maintained with regular professional cleanings and good home care.

Healing time varies by patient and depends on the overall health of the patient and type of restoration being done.
 

Before with three teeth and a plate on the upper and a lower jaw with almost no bone Lower model showing almost no bone to hold the denture Two implants on the lower to support and hold the lower plate
Lower jaw while implants are healing A full plate on the upper and an implant supported full plate on the lower Happy smiling patient
 

 
Implants are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or no teeth. Dental bridges and dentures are alternatives to restore missing teeth.
 

Dentition after years of smoking and trauma Patient stopped smoking with hypnosis. Missing teeth were restored with implants. Remaining teeth were restored with root canals and crowns