Dental implants are changing the way people live and are one of the most important advances in modern dentistry. Implant dentistry offers a patient who is missing one, several, or all of their teeth an excellent alternative to partials or complete dentures. Dental implants provide the comfort, appearance, and function of natural teeth.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone and serves as a root substitute for a tooth. During a four to six month healing period the jawbone fuses to the implant and anchors it in the mouth. These anchors provide a strong foundation for replacing single or multiple teeth. Once appropriate healing time has transpired, Dr. Lunt creates a customized prosthetic tooth for each implant. He then places each prosthetic tooth on each implant restoring tooth function.
Most dental implant patients experience little or no disruptions to everyday life.