Herriman Dental Implants - A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it, forming a tight connection which, additionally, slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the dental implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has an advantage over bridge work in that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support and should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Dental implants can also be used as support as part of an dental implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period needed, the patient only feels teeth and not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss that can result from missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty with eating. Best of all, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
We also offer mini dental implants. These dental implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants and are mainly used to stabilize lower dentures. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be immediately used.