Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?


Dental Implants are the most elegant way to replace single or multiple missing teeth. They are a long-term solution that is embedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. Unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime and preserve bone.
Dental implant surgery is best done by a trained surgeon. Dr. Barefoot has the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, tissue, muscles, and nerves involved, to ensure you get the best possible results. Dental implants have an overall success rate of 95%​​​​​​​


Throughout our lives, many people end up losing a permanent tooth. Permanent teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons, a car accident, disease, decay, sports injuries or a variety of other reasons. One thing remains the same though; missing teeth can feel embarrassing.


​​​​​​​If you have found yourself holding back from smiling or even talking to somebody because you don’t want to reveal that missing tooth, it is time to call our offices. Our trained dental staff is aware of how it can feel to lose a tooth, but we can also offer you some great solutions. One of the leading treatment options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth is dental implants.


Understanding Implants

Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred method to replace missing teeth. An implant is surgically placed into your mouth and looks and feels just like a natural tooth. When you walk out of our offices, nobody on the street will know that you were ever missing a tooth, and after a few days, you just might forget too!

Implants work by placing a small titanium post into the bone underlying the gum where the old tooth used to be. Once this post is anchored an implant, that looks like your natural teeth, is attached to the top. Because the implant is held in place by the underlying bone, you don’t have to worry about it slipping out while you are talking or eating. You don’t even need any special pastes and adhesives like those required with dentures.


Implant Benefits

Our offices regularly recommend dental implants because they offer a variety of benefits over traditional dentures or bridges. One of the most significant impacts is the ability of the implant to not only keep your jawbone intact but actually helps to strengthen it. Typically, when we lose a tooth, the body begins to resorb (take away) the bone that held that tooth in place.

Over time, this process can result in the loss or shifting of neighboring teeth, and in severe cases, facial deformity. In contrast, the titanium post that is used for an implant is recognized by the body as a new bone. Once the post is in place, your body will actually begin to build new bone around the post. Part of the reason that your implant is so secure is that it now has a bone that grew around it.

Additionally, dental implants last longer than traditional dentures. Dentures need to be checked and adjusted annually and are more prone to breakage because of how frequently they have to be removed from the mouth. A simple drop onto the ground can break or damage your dentures. Dental implants are expected to last anywhere from seven to fifteen years!


Caring for Implants

Many of our patients want to get rid of their dentures because they are tired of the constant hassle. The cleaning solutions, adhesive pastes, and frequent loosening of dentures can be frustrating issues to deal with. Fortunately, implants are much more user-friendly.

Your typical routine to care for your implants doesn’t change much from caring for your natural teeth. Implants should be brushed twice a day for two minutes, flossed daily, and you should come back to our offices for your regular checkup. You shouldn’t use an abrasive toothbrush or any products that have metal in them because that can scratch your implant. After the completion of your implant, our staff is always happy to discuss any additional questions that you have.


Overview

Our office is experienced with all aspects of getting our patients new implants. We know how important it is to give you a smile that you deserve and will make sure that you’re happy with every step of the process. Call our office and schedule your consultation today!