Until recently, when you lost a tooth (or teeth) due to disease or an accident, dentists relied on crowns, bridges, and dentures to replace the missing teeth. The problem with crowns and bridges is existing teeth have to be ground down and the bridge or crown affixed to neighboring teeth.
Today's implants use a titanium screw (a metal which the body readily accepts), which is inserted into the bone of the jaw. In 4 - 6 weeks the jawbone integrates with the implant surface, firmly anchoring it. After the healing process is complete, a crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the implant.
Dental implants give you a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. You'll be able to eat what you want and smile without worrying that people are noticing your "false" teeth or crowns. To see if implants are right for you, give Dr. Steven St.Germain a call set up your consultation today.
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