- Dental Implants
- Composite Fillings
- Crowns (Caps)
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Fixed Bridges
- Root Canal Therapy
Dental implants is typically considered the gold standard to replace missing teeth or to provide a permanent fixed solution to having a removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. Dr. John Gawlik works in conjunction with the periodontist to complete the process by checking the titanium post for proper healing before creating and placing the permanent fixed crown. The crowns attached to implants are very durable, provide the best support for healthy teeth and bone, and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Dr. Gawlik is one of the best dentists in his class to create strong and beautiful crowns.
How long will dental implants last? Are dental implants strong?
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, or a lifetime. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear. If you grind at night (brux) you should wear a night guard to protect the crown, post, and supporting bone from wear or stress.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months, and may seem a bit daunting, however, the overall result is overwhelmingly positive and worth the effort and expense.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. With most implants the post and anchor are attached and placed at the same time during the initial surgery
After the prescribed healing time, (each patient is different) the artificial teeth (crowns) are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.
After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort for your bite and smile.
Contact Lifesmiles Family Dentistry today for your free, no-obligation consultation to determine if a dental implant is the right option for you!