Of all the ways modern dentistry can replace missing teeth, dental implants are emerging as the preferred choice for tooth replacement. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. This completely comfortable and secure option not only feels and functions like natural teeth but is strong enough to last the test of time.
Dental implants can help fill in the gaps left by missing or failing teeth, giving you the complete smile you deserve. Whether you need to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or your entire arch, Dr. Putney has the knowledge and expertise to ensure stunning results.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is considered minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal. During this time, the jawbone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile. After the healing period is complete, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth.
Unlike complete dentures or removable partial dentures (RPD’s), which can compromise your chewing ability up to 70% there are no chewing or eating restrictions with dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution with an extremely high lifetime success rate. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option. They also eliminate the need for altering tooth structure for the placement of fixed dental bridges or the need to wear a removable partial or complete denture.