What is a dental implant?

Is a tooth extraction right for me?

If one or more of your teeth are missing, there are a number of ways to replace them. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable, look and feel like natural teeth. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

Who does this procedure?

If you are having an implant, Dr. Shawky will refer you to see Dr. Huynh, in our office, who is very experienced in placing implants and oral surgery.

Who can get dental implants?

If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone.​

How long does the procedure take?

After the implant is placed in your jawbone, you will wait three months for the site to heal and allow the implant to integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is complete, we will place a final crown on the missing area to complete your smile.