Anthony Skinner, D.D.S.
Nicholas P. Lowe, D.D.S.
Shahir Malek, B.D.S., M.S.D.
Donald Lareau, D.D.S., M.S.
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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Replacing a Single Tooth with Dental Implants

Replacing a Single ToothDental implants are today's method of choice for replacing missing teeth.  They are long lasting, natural in appearance, and promote jaw health.  By working in tandem with your dentist, we hope to provide you with a replacement tooth that will last for a lifetime.

A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.

Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and replaced with a three-unit "bridge."

Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, your periodontist inserts a dental implant into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. The implant becomes solidly fixed into your jaw bone (osseointegration). Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth.

Put simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.