When a tooth is lost and not replaced, not only is it more difficult to chew, but it can cause adjacent teeth to shift or change position. This , in turn, affects your overall bite and creates instability by placing more pressure and force on the remaining teeth. Dental implants are titanium screws placed directly into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They look, feel and function like natural teeth. While they are high-tech in nature, they preserve the jawbone and prevent further bone deterioration that occurs when a tooth is lost. Further, they are more conservative than traditional bridgework in that they don’t rely on the adjacent teeth for support. Dental implants are very successful in healthy individuals. They are indicated to replace a single tooth or several teeth. They are even used to help secure and support full dentures. With implants, patients are rediscovering the confidence and comfort to speak, eat, and enjoy life again.
With the addition of a dental cat scan machine, Drs. Odell and Miele can incorporate computer guided planning with extreme accuracy. With such procedures, implant placement is achieved without even creating a flap in the gums, resulting in virtually negligible discomfort.