Dental Implants have been used successfully for many years. The implant itself is a post that is surgically placed in the jaw. A prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) is then attached to the post. Dr. Gresla is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is able to place the implants and add the restoration right in our office in many cases. Complex cases may be referred to a specialist for placement of the implant, then the restoration is completed at our office.
What are Dental Implants Used For?
There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:
As an artificial root for a single tooth replacement.
As anchors for a fixed or removable prosthesis to replace multiple teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
With the exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks more natural than an implant. One important benefit of implants is that they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue from the area of the missing tooth, thus preventing premature aging.
Of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64, approximately 49% are missing at least one tooth.
Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised.
More than nine out of ten implants last longer than 15 years.
Dental implants never develop decay.
Dental implants never require root canals.
Dental implants preserve the jawbone, which can prevent premature aging.
No one can be disqualified for implant treatment solely because of their age -- some patients receive implant treatment when they are in their nineties!