Dental Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Implants replace both the root of the tooth and the chewing surface. In some cases, implants are better than a bridge, because an implant doesn’t depend on surrounding teeth for support.

Dental implants take time—between five months and a year—to complete. First, a titanium implant is surgically placed in the jaw. Titanium is used because it is non-allergenic so your body won’t reject it. There are several different kinds of implants, depending on the placement in your jaw.

Next, Dr. Ford’s office will make an impression of your mouth to create a crown that matches your bite and fits comfortably. Generally the crown is porcelain. It is attached to the post to create a complete tooth. If the implant needs time to heal, a temporary protective crown is put in place. This provisional crown allows you to chew comfortably without slowing down the healing process. The gum and bone grow around the implant for a natural look.

Implants last a long time—generally about 25 years, so the time taken to place them is well spent. When done you’ll be able to chew normally. You care for an implant exactly like you do for your natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing.

Dr. Ford can explain whether dental implants are right for you and create a plan that suits your needs and your schedule. An important step in a successful implant is building a relationship of trust. Dr. Ford is always happy to answer all your questions before any work is started.

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