Replace Missing Teeth

Choose Dental Implants To Replace A Single Tooth

Dental Implants have become the treatment of choice for many people looking to replace a missing tooth.  To replace a single tooth, a dental implant can easily be placed where the tooth is  missing.  The dental implant serves as the root of the missing tooth.  After the dental implant is placed, a small post called an “abutment” is connected to the implant, and a replacement tooth,  or “crown”, is cemented on top of the abutment. When placing the implant, Dr. Ted Fornetti may use oral sedation, if the patient desires, to minimize any discomfort.  Many patients choose only the local anesthetic for the procedure instead.  Patients are pleasantly surprised by how little, if any, discomfort they have during and after the implant procedure.  Your dental implant will look and feel like a natural tooth.

Teeth in a Day

What used to take multiple visits and many steps to complete, can now be done all in one day. With Dr. Ted Fornetti, most patients can now have their implant placed, and receive their replacement teeth, all in the same day. This is now possible because Dr. Ted Fornetti uses 3D CAT Scanning technology and VIP computer technology to assist him with treatment planning each case.  You will never leave the office without a tooth.

Avoid Bone Loss from Missing Teeth

You can keep your bone intact, and prevent both bone loss and gum tissue from shrinking with a dental implant, thus protecting surrounding healthy teeth. When a tooth is missing, the bone is no longer stimulated, and it begins to shrink away along with the tissue.  Bridges and dentures do not provide support and protection of your bone and tissue.  A dental implant stops the bone loss, it replaces the root structure of the missing teeth, and in turn, the jawbone is better preserved.

Dental Implant vs. Dentures and Bridges

A dental implant does not affect your adjacent teeth. That means we do not have to remove healthy tooth structure, or crown your natural teeth as is required with bridges.  Also dental bridges are sometimes hard to clean under, leaving you with rotting food and plaque build up under the bridge, which can lead to periodontal disease, decay on the natural underlying teeth, and bad breath.  The disadvantage of a removable denture is that you have metal clasps around healthy teeth, and plastic on the roof of your mouth. Dental implants are fixed in place, so that there is no worry about slipping or the use of denture adhesives.

Implants are the Long Term Solution

The beauty of a dental implant is that it cannot be affected by decay, and offers a much longer term solution, often lasting a life time if properly taken care of by proper home care and seeing Dr. Ted for your dental cleanings.