Auburn Periodontics and Implantology

Joseph M. Haynes, DDS

 

Dental Implants - The Basics

Did you know that over 60% of adults are missing at least one tooth? Dental implants are an excellent and safe way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants provide a long-term, convenient solution to having dentures and provide important support and stability for teeth and facial structure as well as improve cosmetic appearance.


Dental implants are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw by Dr. Haynes then the teeth are attached to implants are look like natural teeth and significantly enhance or restore smiles!

Dental implants are the most natural and sustainable replacement option for missing teeth.


Single-tooth implants

Single-tooth implants can be used for patients who are have lost one or more teeth. Dr. Haynes will surgically place the implant into an opening made in the jawbone. Once the implant attaches to your bone, it will function as a “root”. A crown, or cap, designed to resemble a natural tooth, is affixed to the implant to fill the space mouth caused by the lost tooth or teeth.


There must be enough bone in the jaw for dental implants to be successful and the bone needs to be strong enough to support the implant. Bone may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation or bone grafting if there is not enough. In addition, your teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health. Auburn Periodontics and Implantology is dedicated to helping you achieve excellent oral health!


Implant Supported Dentures

With dental implants, patients are provided a option to restore function in their mouth, and their smile, without the complications that come with dentures or fixed bridges. Regular dentures often cause gradual deterioration of the bone and soft tissue because the dentures just rest on top of the gums and do not stimulate these areas. Implant supported dentures, however, provide much needed stimulation and helps preserve the facial structure.

There is no risk of accidental slipping or other embarrassing moments with implant supported dentures because they are rooted in the jawbone. Embarrassing side effects such as slippage, loose fit, and clicking sounds are eliminated. Although implant supported dentures can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw, they are most often place in the lower jaw where stability is most important.