Natural look and feel with affordable dental implants

Have you experienced the loss of one or more teeth due to injury, or a tooth that was not restorable? If you are disappointed with the current look of your smile because of missing teeth a great option for you may be dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

Combining the latest advances in micro-dentistry and periodontal craftsmanship, dental implants are the strongest, most permanent solution for missing teeth. This success is achieved by implanting a titanium “root post” that fuses with your jaw, and then later by attaching a crown atop the post. The procedure restores your bite and smile to their natural state without affecting any of your neighboring teeth.

Our practice uses Bio Horizon dental implants that are developed using science and innovation to maximize function and esthetics. These implants are lightweight, durable, biocompatible and made from titanium, the most widely used material in implant dentistry.

Why choose a dental implant?

Having a dental implant placed stimulates the jaw and prevents bone loss. Unlike a bridge, implants do not compromise healthy teeth next to the missing tooth. Bridges cause the continuation of bone loss in the area of the missing tooth. Bone loss not only changes your smile, but it also changes the shape of your face causes you to look older.

Setting up an appointment

Before we move forward with placing a dental implant, we like our patient to have a comprehensive exam, and cleaning. The importance of these two steps are critical in the treatment plan process of an implant to ensure the overall success of the procedure. After patients are up to date on their dental care here is what you can expect for typical implant treatment process:

  • Implant planning appointment: Here we take a 3D scan to assess the bone levels where the implant will be placed. Dr. Sheils will determine a specific size of an implant he will be placing.
  • Day of implant surgery: This appointment takes approximately 90 minutes and is usually preformed with local atheistic. He will surgically place your custom titanium implant post and will place a healing cap to protect and promote bone and implant fusion.
  • Check healing appointments: Typically, our patients have two appointments a week apart to check the healing of the implant.
  • Impression for implant crown appointment: This appointment is schedule 3-4 months after the initial placement of your dental implant. Dr. Sheils will take an impression and send that to our dental lab where they will make your crown.
  • Placement of implant crown: Two weeks after your impression appointment we schedule you for your “seat” appointment. This is the FINAL appointment in the implant process, and you will leave with a natural looking tooth called an implant crown.