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Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

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Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Dr. Adrio has received extensive training in Implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1992. Through continuing education, Dr. Adrio is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Evaluation

If, like so many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, the first step is a comprehensive examination with appropriate radiographs. Dr. Adrio will then review with you his findings and treatment recommendations. His staff will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are titanium posts that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. After appropriate healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. The new tooth is then constructed to fit over the abutment. The final implant restoration looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.

Depending on the site and the quality of the bone, sometimes the new tooth can be placed at the time of surgery. Usually it is placed 2-4 months later.