What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the gums and allowed to fuse with the jawbone, thus becoming a fully integrated and fully functioning tooth root.

Why do you need a dental implant?

Dental implants may help with several issues you might be having. These could include:

  • Replacing single or multiple missing teeth
  • Replacing an outdated bridge
  • Stabilizing or eliminating a full or partial removable denture
  • Restoring chewing function
  • Preventing jawbone deterioration
  • Stabilizing surrounding teeth
  • Restoring smile aesthetics
  • Maintaining facial shape

Teeth-in-a-Day

If your dentist has recommended implants but you would like to avoid extended treatment and recovery time, Teeth-in-a-Day are a possibility that may work for you. With traditional implants, a healing period of 3-6 months is required before we can secure your new teeth. With Teeth-in-a-Day, we can place implants and a set of “healing teeth” that stabilize the implants during healing the very same day.

Sometimes called “Immediate Function Implants”, the Teeth-in-a-Day system allows the ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence the same day your dental implant is placed. After Dr. Shanks takes a 3D scan of your mouth, your implant procedure plan is customized. Dr. Shanks pinpoints the exact locations where implants need placement, factoring in spacing, bone quality, and the anatomical structure of your jaw to plan out your surgery. Today’s dental implants are made of titanium, which can fuse to the bone and stimulate its growth.

Implant-supported teeth look, function, and are maintained just like natural teeth. Their presence in the jaw allows nerves, muscles, and jaw joints to function normally and support the facial structure, allowing chewing tough food, crunching fresh produce, smiling, kissing, speaking with confidence and laughing with joy!

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