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A dental implant may be the best option for restoring a missing tooth because it so closely resembles the structure of your natural tooth. Dr. Smith can help determine if you are a candidate for treatment with dental implants.
A dental implant is made up of three parts:
The implant itself: It is made out of titanium and is placed in your jawbone where your tooth used to be. It acts like the root of your replacement tooth.
The abutment: This is a connecting piece that is placed on top of the implant device.
The crown: This is a tooth-like cap that covers the implant and looks like a real tooth.
Dr. Smith can provide you with a few sedation options for your dental implant procedure. If you have mild to moderate anxiety, you can breathe in nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, through an inhaler. You will feel better in just a few minutes. Dr. Smith will also apply a local anesthesia to the area where the implant will be placed so that you feel minimal discomfort.
You may also choose oral sedation—taking medication orally in order to feel relaxed. This allows you to achieve a stronger sense of relaxation if needed.
A new implant technology allows you to get a mini implant placed in your mouth without surgery. This is most often used to stabilize a denture or overdenture. The mini implant is a smaller version of a regular implant, but it promotes faster healing due to its unique design. The procedure is non-invasive and requires just one dental office visit. The top of the mini implant looks like a ball, which holds a denture in place. Mini implants are ideal for denture wearers and for people who are apprehensive about undergoing dental surgery.