If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, dental implants may be a good option for you.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant:

  • First, the placement of the implant into the jawbone. We may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
  • Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. 
  • Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth or secure attachment of a denture. For a single tooth implant, we will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. 

Conventional Implants vs Mini Implants

Conventional Implants

Mini Implants

Both are great options and Dr. Carletto and Staff will be happy to discuss which one is right for you.
Recently Mini implants have become quite popular due to the non surgical, less invasive, and cost efficiency of them. They are also a great option to instantly secure loose dentures. Click here to download a brochure for more information on mini implants or come in for a free consult!