Dental implants are the next best thing to having natural teeth. They feel and function like real teeth and they look so lifelike that no one would know they aren’t your original teeth.
An implant consists of a screw and dental crown seated in the bone tissue beneath your gums in the site where a permanent tooth should be. Much like a natural tooth root, the implant screw forms a snug seal with the bone in your jaw. The crown on top is the visible portion of your implant that helps you chew, speak, and smile with confidence.
You might get just one dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or multiple implants to fill in several gaps in your smile. If you are missing many teeth and rely on dentures, then getting implants could help you have a more stable bite with your denture.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your dental implant journey begins with an evaluation. Dr. Marion will examine your oral health and the current condition of your bone tissue to determine whether you are a candidate for implants.
Dr. Marion is a member of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD). As such, he’s committed to delivering optimum results when restoring dental implants and planning your implant treatment.
After discussing your treatment needs and agreeing upon a treatment plan, Dr. Marion will refer you to one of his trusted colleagues who specialize in the surgical placement of dental implants. Dr. Marion will continue to work carefully on your case as he designs the restorative portion of your implant.
Once you’ve healed from the surgical portion of the implant process, you’ll visit Dr. Marion to try in the crown, bridge, or denture that completes your dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
You should consider dental implants as a tooth replacement option if you:
- Have good overall health
- Have sufficient levels of bone in your jaw
- Practice good oral hygiene
- Avoid smoking
- Do not have active periodontal disease
- Do not have a habit of severely grinding or clenching your teeth
The best way to find out whether you’re a candidate for implants is to visit Dr. Marion for a comprehensive dental health examination.
Even if you’ve been told before that you have insufficient bone for dental implants or otherwise don’t qualify, we invite you to get a complimentary second opinion. Dr. Marion can take a quick look and answer some of your questions if you’d like to find out whether implant therapy is something you should pursue.