Dental implants have become your best option if you are missing a tooth, several teeth, or even if you are missing all of your teeth. They not only look just like your natural teeth, they function and feel just like them.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root that is then typically covered with a porcelain crown. There are two main components to this treatment; the surgical installation of the metal implant, and the restoration of the dental surface.
The surgical phase is performed by a dental specialist, typically a periodentist or oral surgeon. Although many general dentists will tell you they can perform the implant surgery, you should think twice. Dr. Larsen believes the best results are obtained when implants are placed by specialists that perform this surgery on a daily basis. The implant, or root replacement, is precisely placed in your jawbone and the gum sealed around the site. This implant and the bone fuse together during a 3 to 6-month healing process. This process is called osseo-integration and it firmly anchors the implant to the bone structure. Dr. Larsen works closely with a couple of surgical specialists and can help coordinate your treatment.