Implants: Surgery & Restoration

Dental implants are a popular option for tooth replacement.  The procedure should be done by a trained dentist with experience.  Implants typically result in great looking teeth that function and look like your natural teeth.  Dental implants provide a great alternative to dentures, but can also be used to help hold dentures in place and make them more comfortable and improve function and speech.  Most patients do not have significant discomfort afterwards and report a high level of comfort and satisfaction with this treatment option.  Just like the root of your tooth sits in your bone to hold the part of the tooth you see, an implant is placed into the bone, allowed to heal, and then replaced with a “tooth” as well.

Advantages of dental implants

  • High success rates (>97%)
  • High satisfaction, esthetics, and comfort
  • Body heals tightly around them and improves comfort and function of dentures
  • Long lasting treatment option
  • Sometimes full upper or lower teeth can be replaced in one visit



Disadvantages of dental implants

  • The body requires time to heal around the implant before it can function
  • Compared to alternative treatment options, the cost may be greater
  • The body can not heal around the implant properly requiring additional or alternative treatment
  • Especially if they are not cared or cleaned, implants can develop problems over time that require treatment or management