What is a Dental Implant?

What is a Dental Implant?

Dr. Malin provides top-quality dental implant treatment from start to finish in the comfort of our modern office.

Illustration of implant in boneA dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root to replace a missing tooth. A dental restoration is then mounted onto the implant and becomes the replacement tooth.

Dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting and most lifelike replacement option for missing teeth, and are the modern gold standard of tooth replacement. Dr. Malin always recommends dental implants for patients who are eligible to receive them.

Dental Implants Form a Solid Foundation for Replacement Teeth

After the implant is placed, the jawbone cells grow around the implant surfaces and fuse (integrate) with the implant. The fully integrated implant is just as strong as a natural, healthy tooth root and forms a solid foundation for dental restoration.

A connecting piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The top of the abutment sits above the gum line and acts as the attachment point for the restoration.

Dental-implant-supported replacement teeth have a number of major benefits and advantages over every other form of tooth replacement.

Learn more about the benefits and advantages of dental implants.

Who Are Candidates for Dental Implants?

dental implant consultation with patient

Thanks to modern technology, Dr. Malin can provide dental implants to almost any patient.

Due to major advances in technology, most patients can now successfully receive dental implants. In the past, patients with too much bone loss around their teeth were not eligible, but thanks to modern techniques, Dr. Malin can in most cases restore adequate bone support or eliminate the need for bone regeneration entirely.

Even people with health problems that formerly made implant placement too risky are now candidates. This includes patients who have cardiovascular disease, diabetes or who smoke heavily.

There are no age limits on who can receive dental implants, the only exception being young people whose jaws have not fully developed. Dr. Malin can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants during a comprehensive new patient exam.

Dental Implants Can Support One or Many Teeth at a Time

Dental implants can be used to support an individual dental crown, dental bridge of any size, or a denture. Dr. Malin will determine how many implants are needed to support a dental bridge or a denture based on a thorough assessment of your jaw’s bone volume and density. For bridges and dentures, he can often use only a few implants to support many replacement teeth at once.

Cutting-edge technology for stable and lifelike results

Dr. Malin provides the full range of dental implant options for missing teeth and is an expert in dental implant treatment. He uses state-of-the-art diagnostics and advanced digital technology to precisely plan your treatment ahead of time, and minimally invasive procedures which make your dental implant placement accurate, efficient and comfortable.

Dr. Malin also designs and places the dental restorations your implants will support. He uses high-quality materials, including zirconia, an extremely durable and lifelike ceramic which is among the latest advances in dentistry. Zirconia is stronger than porcelain and very difficult to chip, crack or break.

Learn more about our dental implant treatment.

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