Introduction to Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace missing teeth and represent an alternative to dentures or bridgework.   The advantages vary by patient and type of restoration,  but may include improved chewing ability, better speech, more secure fit of the restoration, greater comfort, and improved self-esteem.

The dental implant itself is made from titanium or titanium alloy and is surgically implanted  in the jawbone to function like the root of your missing tooth.   The implant is traditionally allowed to heal in the jawbone for a period of months, which allows it to become firmly fixed.  The implant is then uncovered and a restoration by Dr. Kantarovich is fit on top of the implant.  A metallic post, known as an abutment, screw into the implant and helps attach the restoration to the implant..

The restoration can be attached in several ways:

  • Removable- using special snaps, bars or clips.
  • Fixed or screw retained-using cement for fixed restorations, or screws for screw retained restorations so only a dentist can remove it.

In the case of dentures, an implant-supported over denture fits more securely than a conventional denture which rests on the gum tissue and offers no form of mechanical attachment.  As an alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth.

This process is preformed under local anesthesia.  There is no pain during the procedure  Dr. Kantarovich has placed countless implants.  If you feel it is time for a positive change in your appearance, a consultation with Dr. Kantarovich will be the beginning of a brand new smile.