Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel, and function like natural teeth, dental implants are the new standard of care in tooth replacement.
Dental implants typically have three parts:
1) The implant: A surgical component typically made of titanium. This will serve as the artificial root to your new tooth.
2) The abutment: A permanent, but removable by your doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
3) The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.
We do not place the implants in our office, Dr. Kirkland works closely with a local Oral Surgeon that places the implants for our patients. Once your implant has integrated we have your crown made at a local lab. Then we attach your crown to your implant.