Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of the teeth. Implants are made of titanium metal, and are biocompatible to your bone. Dr. Robert L. Martinich consults and assists dental specialists in designing implant-supported prosthesis (crowns and bridges). The surgeon places the titanium implant in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth, which replaces the missing tooth’s root. There is a healing period of 3-6 months to allow the implant to stabilize and integrate into the bone. After this healing period, Dr. Robert L. Martinich can then restore the implant with an abutment and crown (the abutment connects the crown to the implant), or a bridge that replaces more than one tooth and utilizes two or more implants.
Replacing missing teeth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. A dental implant is a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime.