Dental implants

Your body is able to sense missing teeth and will absorb minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere. Dental implants stop jawbone deterioration so you can avoid further tooth loss. Reasons why they are popular:
  • Improve facial and bone features
  • Preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework
  • Preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height
  • Look and feel natural
  • Long-lasting and reliable
  • High success rate
  • Improve ability to eat and chew
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the dental implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. A strong immune system is needed. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Dr. Bohay may recommend a bone graft if you need higher jawbone density.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last up to 30 years or even a lifetime. Dental implants are actually designed to be a permanent tooth replacement option.
Nothing replaces your natural teeth, but dental implants can come close. They are man-made “anchors” that look like screws and are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. The single tooth implant is placed by surgery in the upper or lower jaw, where it replaces your missing tooth’s root(s). An implant looks and acts like a natural tooth. It fits securely even when you chew and speak. A single tooth implant does not involve treatment to your other teeth. Plus, it may also help you keep a good level of bone around your teeth. After the titanium rod is inserted, Dr. Bohay places a dental crown over the top to give you the appearance of a natural tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are stable because they are embedded in the jaw. This allows you to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.