Who is a good candidate?

Dr. Koury can help you decide if you can get a dental implant In most cases, you are a good candidate if you ...

... are in good general health.
Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery and prevent successful placement of an implant.

... have a jawbone that can support an implant.
If you have lost bone in your jaw you may still get an implant, but first bone must be added by a special procedure known as bone grafting.

... don't use tobacco.
Smoking can cause dental implants to fail.

Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of the implant. You'll need to make sure the area around the implant is especially clean. Dr. Koury may recommend using a special toothbrush, called an interproximal brush, or a mouth rinse to help prevent cavities and other problems.

Regular dental visits are also important. Dr. Koury will create a schedule of regular checkups and professional cleanings to keep your implant and your natural teeth healthy!

A dental implant is the next best thing

Natural Tooth vs Implant cross section

A dental implant is one option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants have been used for many years. They are man-made "anchors" that look like screws and are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. The single tooth implant is placed by surgery in the upper or lower jaw, where it replaces your missing tooth's root(s).

An implant looks and functions like a natural tooth. It fits securely even when you chew and speak. A single tooth implant does not
involve treatment to your other teeth.

Basic Steps

  • First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jaw. The implant attaches to the bone through a process called osseointegration that takes three to six months. Immediately after the surgery, there may be some swelling and/or pain for a few days, so your dentist may give you pain medication.
    • Dr. Koury may also suggest a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup while the area heals.
  • Next, Dr. Koury may attach an extension, called a post or abutment to the implant. Once healed, the implant and post can serve as the base of the new artificial tooth, or crown.
  • Finally, Dr. Koury makes a crown, based on the size, shape, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent crown can be custom-made. Once the permanent crown is ready, it is attached to the implant or post.

If you are missing a tooth

If you are missing a tooth, there are many reasons to replace it!

  • A gap between your teeth when you smile or speak may be a cosmetic concern .
  • Missing teeth may affect the way you speak and chew.
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, the teeth around it can move. Harmful plaque and tartar can form in new hard-to-reach places. Over time, this may lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) diseases .
  • Bone loss can occur in the region of the missing tooth.

What's involved?

The way implants are placed depends on the patient, the type of implant, and the tooth being replaced.

Some implants require two or three appointments and can take up to a year to complete. With others, called immediate-load implants, the implant and crown can be placed on the same day.

Dr. Koury will tell you which type is best for you.