Dental Implants

Dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long term replacements that Dr. Tiernan surgically places in the jawbone.

Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Fixed bridges often affect adjacent healthy teeth. Recurrent decay, periodontal disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.

Composed of titanium, a metal that “fuses” with the bone through a process called “osseointegration”, dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.