Crown and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Because implants fuse to your bone, they provide very stable support. Dentures, bridges or individual teeth mounted on implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth–an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural. Some people also find the secure fit of implant-supported dentures or bridges more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. To maintain the implants, patients must be in overall good health and committed to keeping their new smile healthy with meticulous oral hygiene.
Dr. Ito works closely with a trusted specialist who surgically places the implant. The final restoration is then placed by Dr. Ito. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for implants, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ito. Together, you can decide if an implant is the best solution for you.