What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Best Way to Replace Tooth Loss
Dental implants are now considered the best way to replace tooth loss. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
What They're Made Of
The implant is made of titanium and attaches to the jawbone. These are very successful in non-smoking patients. The success rate as reported by Dr. Brannemark for Sweden 25 years ago is 98% for the lower jaw and 92% for the upper jaw.
25+ Years of Experience
Dr. Alford has received extensive training at The Misch Institute in Dearborn, Michigan from 1988-1990 and has been very successful placing dental implants for 25 years. Our referring general dentists make the crown which is the actual replacement for your tooth. We work as a team.
Smile With Comfort and Confidence
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence in your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.