If you have missing teeth, dental implants might be the solution you’re looking for. They have the look and feel of natural teeth—so people will only notice your healthy-looking, attractive smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
An implant is a full replacement of a missing tooth, from root to crown. The implant screw, usually made of titanium, mimics a tooth root and is surgically implanted in your jawbone. A natural-looking porcelain crown is attached to the implant.
An implant can replace one tooth, or multiple implants can be used to replace several teeth. They also can be used to support a dental bridge or stabilize dentures. Your dentures will look and feel more like your natural teeth when supported by as few as two implants. Learn more about the options on our implant overdentures page.
Why Are They Beneficial?
No other form of tooth replacement is as effective as dental implants because they are anchored in—and integrate with—your jawbone. They are permanent, natural looking, and feel and function like natural teeth.
The body naturally begins to reabsorb the jawbone in spaces where teeth are missing. After about 20 years, so little bone might be left that it can be difficult to retain a removable denture. Without the support of your jawbone, your facial muscles will collapse and make your face look old and shriveled. Dental implants help prevent bone shrinkage and facial collapse because they stimulate the bone and promote growth. Read the details on our facial collapse page.
The process of receiving dental implants includes the following steps:
- Surgery – An artificial root form (or screw), typically made of titanium, will be surgically placed in your jawbone.
- Healing – The implant is left to heal for several months while you wear a temporary dental crown. Over time, the jawbone will accept the implant, fuse to it, and heal. This process is called osseointegration.
- Restoration – After the healing process, a porcelain crown is placed on top of the titanium root. Only the crown will be visible above the gumline. It will look and function like a natural tooth.
Reasons to Select a Well-Trained Implant Dentist
When considering implants, it is important to select a well-trained implant dentist. If shortcuts are taken during the process, they can result in mistakes that cause serious problems, such as nerve damage and infection. That is why Dr. Sirin has received post-graduate training in implantology. He has been thoroughly trained in the techniques and technology required for positive outcomes.
Dr. Sirin has advanced technology in his office to accurately plan for and place your dental implants. Although many dentists only take two-dimensional x-rays before implant placement, he uses a Planmeca® Promax CT scan to take 3D images. 3D images reveal the exact position of your orofacial anatomy, including sinus cavities, adjacent teeth, and nerves so mistakes can be avoided. He also uses a 3D printer to make surgical guides for optimal placement.
If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Sirin will explain the pros and cons of this treatment and determine if it is the right option for you. You can request an appointment for an exam or a complementary consultation.