Dental Implants

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don't! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.

Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge.

In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant FAQS

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown or a set of replacement teeth.

Am I a candidate for implants?

Implant patients are of all ages, and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more or even all of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Dr. Walker can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Do I have enough bone?

It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there a re many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Dr. Walker will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.

Are there different kinds of implants?

There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Dr. Walker is an accredited AAID dentist and will know which implant is the right one for you.

How much time will this take?

Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; Dr. Walker will be able to give you an approximate timetable during your consultation.

How do I get started on my healthy beautiful smile?

Give our office a call today or contact us via the form provided on this page to get your consultation appointment scheduled. Our friendly caring team looks forward to hearing from you.