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Dental Implants 101: Understanding the best tooth replacement

Your teeth are crucial for a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile. Losing even a single tooth can have detrimental consequences for your oral health, self-esteem, and quality of life. Nowadays, you have more options than ever to fill the space. No matter if you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, you can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your natural smile with dental implants. They are unlike any other treatment because they mimic the entire structure of a tooth from the root up, but are they really better than other replacement options? Here are the basics of dental implants to help you make the best decision for your


Traditional prosthetics only replace the portion of a tooth visible above the gum line. A dental implant goes a step further to recreate the entire tooth. A titanium implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone using computer-guided technology. An abutment is placed onto the post to connect your custom-made restoration. Replacing both the root and the crown allows dental implants to offer exceptional benefits that aren’t possible using any other treatment.


Most people who have good oral and general health are candidates for dental implants; however, you’ll still need a thorough consultation with your dentist to ensure they are right for you. During your examination, your dentist might find you need additional procedures before your placement surgery, like periodontal therapy, tooth extractions, or bone grafting.

Once you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’re scheduled for your placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure you’re comfortable as the titanium post is strategically placed into your jawbone. You’ll spend the next several weeks healing, allowing your bone to fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration.

After your bone has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach an abutment to the post. Your gum tissue will seal around the fixture over the next two weeks. During that time, your dentist will be creating your restoration from high-quality material. It will match the appearance of your real teeth to look natural.


Dental implants are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss because they differ from any other method. As a result, you’ll enjoy several benefits, including:

  • Over a 95% success rate.
  • Looks and feels natural.
  • Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
  • Preserves your jawbone’s density.
  • Doesn’t rely on other teeth for support.
  • Easy maintenance and care.
  • Long-term, cost-effective solution.


If you have questions about the treatment, your dentist will give you a crash course on dental implants 101 to help you feel confident in your decision. Take your first step toward a complete smile by scheduling your consultation.

About Dr. Nathan Coughlin

Dr. Coughlin earned his dental degree at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He has completed advanced training in many rigorous programs to offer specialty services, like dental implants. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today for an appointment.

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