A Leader in Implant Dentistry
The Natural Replacement for Missing Teeth
Lang has been placing dental implants since 1985. He places over
200 dental implants per year and is quite experienced in all types
One of his main priorities is that you are completely informed about
dental implants and your options before proceeding. You can be assured
all of your questions and concerns will be answered.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root.
Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable
when chewing solid foods.
Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth, or if one needed to
be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth
would be cut down. The entire space would then be replaced with a
Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down
two perfectly healthy teeth, a dental post (dental implant) is inserted
into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This post becomes
solidly fixed in your jaw (like a natural tooth root). Your general
dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that
looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.
Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for
Replacing Several Missing Teeth
Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with
a removable partial or full denture.
Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. During the day,
they can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials
make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.
Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures.
This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials
and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for
overnight soaking and cleaning. With dental implants, these restorations
are anchored firmly into the jawbone becoming much more like natural
Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in
your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate
the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person
who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after
wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone
The Success Rate of Dental Implants
After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants
is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene
the percentage is closer to 98%.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
The pain involved with having a dental implant placed is similar
to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia
and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants become fixed into the jawbone. Though the life span
of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have remained
in patients’ mouths for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene
and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In
contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is
between 10-15 years.
A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed
is, “Is there enough bone to support the implant?” Fortunately,
advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place
many more implants than just 10 years ago.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation by your general
dentist who will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
If he feels dental implants might be possible, he will send you to
a periodontist for a placement evaluation.