The Art of the Dental Implant
Dental implants provide the opportunity not only to replace your missing teeth, but to create a custom-made smile that feels and looks natural. Implants are anchored so they do not move in your mouth. There is no bulky plastic artificial palate to get used to, nor is there any need for dental adhesive. You will have a complete artificial root attached to a crown or bridge which will beautifully complement your natural smile.
Dr. Gapuz takes advantage of state-of-the-art techniques in implant dentistry to ensure your dental implants have the highest rate of success. This includes assessing the condition of your mouth and jaw, ensuring your gums are healthy, and screening for issues that could compromise your healing, including:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Certain medications prescribed for osteoporosis
Some problems can be treated before the implant process begins, but others might indicate you are not a good candidate for this treatment option. If this is the case, Dr. Gapuz will discuss alternatives that will also provide you with a beautiful new smile. If you are a good candidate but are concerned about cost, he can also help determine the most affordable option for your needs.
Dr. Gapuz takes advantage of state-of-the-art techniques in implant dentistry to ensure your dental implants have the highest rate of success.
Ensuring Proper Placement of Implants
The success of a dental implant depends upon having a solid foundation of bone to support the titanium root. During the healing process, the bone bonds to the root, creating a permanent connection. This process is called osseointegration. It not only allows the implant to remain stationary, but it also allows the root to stimulate bone growth as you bite and chew. Without sufficient bone, the implant will fail, eventually becoming loose and even falling out.
Using detailed x-rays and 3-D imaging techniques helps Dr. Gapuz map out the landscape of your jawbone to determine if the bone is sufficient to support an implant. To ensure the implant procedure has the best chance of succeeding, a preliminary bone graft may be necessary to provide a better foundation.