A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. While high-tech in nature, implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace one, several, or a full arch of missing teeth. Dr. Adkins will work with you and your dentist to develop the best treatment plan to create the most aesthetic and functional result.
The procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine. The implant is a small, screw-shaped titanium post which replaces the root part of a missing tooth. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom made by your dentist to match your existing teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95% which is significantly higher than any other tooth replacement option.