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Losing a tooth for whatever reason—be it gum disease, injury or simple tooth decay—is not only embarrassing, but it can also lead to problems with speaking, chewing and eating, and even cause further damage to your other teeth.
However, as one of the leading specialists in dental implants, successfully performing over 250 implant procedures annually, Dr. David M. Skopp can help you find a permanent solution to your missing teeth and make sure your smile reaches its full potential.
Unlike removable dentures or a dental bridge, a dental implant is a more permanent solution to tooth loss. This procedure involves replacing the tooth’s root with a small piece of titanium that eventually becomes fused into the jaw bone as it heals. This then creates a stronger base on which the replacement tooth, crown or denture can be attached.
Compared to the other methods for replacing lost teeth, dental implants are far superior and come with many more benefits, including:
Best of all, dental implants have proven successful in more than 97% of cases!
If Dr. Skopp determines you’re a good candidate for dental implants, then he and his team will come up with a comprehensive, customized plan for your entire implant procedure. This procedure will still likely involve multiple appointments over a period of several months or more, beginning with the initial root implant.
The procedure begins with numbing the surrounding area of the implant with a local anesthetic. Then, Dr. Skopp will insert a small titanium rod into the space where the missing tooth was located in your jawbone. While the bone heals, it will form around the rod, securing it in place, which can take between one and three months.
After the initial healing process is finished, another piece of metal called an abutment is attached to the implant. After this step, finally the replacement tooth can be installed. Before this process begins, the permanent crown must be made. This is done by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to a dental laboratory for creation.
Since this process can take several weeks, Dr. Skopp will attach a temporary crown to protect the implants and remaining teeth in the meantime. Finally, when your crown is ready, our team will check to make sure it fits before permanently cementing it in place.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but to see what the best option is for replacing your missing teeth, give us a call at 561--5000 to set up a consultation with Dr. Skopp. His dental practice is experienced in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry and can help come up with the right solution, customized just for you.