Dental Implants

Dr. Travis Schwarz

Dental implants have been touted as the greatest advancement in dentistry within the last century. They are permanent teeth replacements that are known for their unsurpassed ability to mimic the appearance of natural teeth, their natural function, and comfort. Dental implants are an ideal solution for most people who need a tooth replacement option, and it is a solution that can truly benefit your oral health.

Dental implants are more than just what people see from the surface. Dental implants are the replacement roots of the tooth that are surgically place into the jaw bone. These “roots’ are called replacement anchors, and they are what hold the crown of the tooth securely in place. The replacement anchors are constructed out of titanium, which is an idea material due to how well the human body accepts it and will fuse with the material. Dental implants are the base for dental prostheses – whether it be a single replacement tooth, multiple teeth, dental crowns, or implant-supported dentures or bridges.

Dental implants do require more time commitment for the entire process of tooth replacement than any other tooth replacement option due to the fact that there is a healing process that the mouth must go through. After the replacement anchors are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, the process known as Osseo integration must occur. This process is where the body accepts the foreign object and fuses with it as it would a natural part of the body. The entire process for having dental implants placed can take up to a year, especially for those who need multiple (or all) teeth replaced. While this process is lengthy and more expensive that other options, dentists and patients all over the world agree that dental implants are worth it. No other tooth replacement option provides a permanent solution; dentures, crowns, and bridges are all notorious for their frequency of needing to be replaced approximately every 7 years.

At Riverheart Family Dentistry, we are proud to be able to provide this revolutionary dental restoration to patients who need tooth replacement. Dr. Schwarz provides excellence in dentistry and implant restoration. Call our practice to learn how you can restore your smile.