An Innovation That’s Changing Lives
An increasing number of people are choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth. Inserted into your jawbone, implants represent a long-term solution that looks, feels and functions just like natural teeth. Unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants, of course, require surgery, and are best done by a surgical specialist. Dr. Coates and Dr. DeWitt have received the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved to ensure you get the best possible results.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are made of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration.” There’s no short cut to get around that process, and it usually takes 10-12 weeks once the implant is put into your jawbone. Osseointegration, however, is why implants never slip or make embarrassing noises like dentures, and why bone loss is usually not a problem. After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and facial surgeons in the United States continue to function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice.
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