Do you have a missing tooth or need to have a tooth extracted? If so, dental implants are often the best choice for replacing the missing tooth.
Dental implants are simply titanium root replacements that provide support for a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. At the office of Joel R. Koch, DDS, we use implants to support a single restoration or act as the foundation for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.
The primary difference between a dental implant and other types of tooth replacement is that a dental implant acts as a replacement root for a lost tooth. A natural tooth root stimulates growth of surrounding bone tissue. When a tooth and its root are lost, this growth stops, leading to deterioration of the jawbone. The implant carries on the function of a natural root and prevents deterioration. This is an important difference between implants and other types of tooth replacement.
The titanium root is biocompatible, meaning it is easily accepted by the body. Titanium is completely safe and is the same material that has been used for years for replacement joints.
An implant is made up of three parts: a titanium post placed surgically in your jaw, an abutment piece that is used to attach a dental restoration, and the restoration itself. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is a freestanding tooth replacement that doesn’t depend on neighboring teeth for support. Implants are stable and comfortable, and no adjustment is required after they are placed.
The first step in the process is to evaluate your gum and bone structure in the area where the implant is to be placed. The best candidates for implant placement are patients who have sufficient bone in their jaw to hold the implant securely in place.
We want your implant placement procedure to be as safe and effective as possible. Dr. Koch is pleased to work with some of the area’s top local oral surgeons who will expertly place the implant itself. After the implant is placed, it is allowed to heal for a period of several months.
During this healing period, Dr. Koch will continually monitor your progress. When the implant is fully healed, we will create a beautiful, natural-looking restoration that restores function, improves your appearance, and boosts your self-confidence.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they may benefit you? There's a lot to consider when choosing dental implants, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Koch to answer all your questions and determine if a dental implant is the right choice for you.