Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for single or multiple tooth replacement,  when indicated. They can also provide support for removable prostheses such as partials or dentures.

Bone volume, gingival contour, gingival volume, bite forces, ability to maintain oral hygiene and overall health, are all factors that help determine whether you are a good candidate for implants.  Dr. Seaman is skilled with determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If implants are indicated, Dr. Seaman will plan the optimal number and position to support teeth replacement options.\ and work with the appropriate surgeon.  Careful planning is essential to provide the most successful implant outcome and longevity.

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and crown, in addition to the supporting bone and gingival tissue. Before replacing the crown, the root must first be replaced with a small dental implant.  Consideration must also be given to potential bone and gingival tissue augmentation.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment.  If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

A smiling elderly man

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.