Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. While these are all serious issues, did you know that tooth loss also leads to bone loss?

normal bone profile without bone loss

normal profile

profile after tooth loss

after tooth loss

profile after bone loss

after bone loss

Dental Implant Therapy

When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it begins to shrink (or atrophy) and becomes brittle from lack of exercise. Not only does losing a tooth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • replaces missing teeth
  • maintains bone
  • maintains your youthful appearance
  • restores your natural smile

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Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They are secured into the bone to provide long term support for crowns and dentures.

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BioHorizons advantage

BioHorizons dental implants are treated with our proprietary Laser-Lok technology. This helps your smile remain beautiful over time.

BioHorizons’ implants are lightweight, strong, biocompatible and made from titanium, the most widely used material in implant dentistry. Restore and maintain your natural smile with individual dental implants, implant-supported fixed bridges, or implant-supported dentures.

Ask us for more information about restoring and maintaining your natural smile with individual dental implants or implant-supported fixed dentures from BioHorizons.

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Individual missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants without altering your healthy adjacent teeth. Once dental implants are placed, posts (or abutments) are attached, providing support for your final crowns.

dental implants with a crown

Dental Implants With a Crown

  • attractive smile
  • full chewing ability
  • preserve healthy teeth and jawbone
  • maintains bone
traditional crown bridge

Traditional Crown & Bridge

  • attractive smile
  • grinds down healthy teeth
  • may lead to bone loss under bridge
  • greater risk for cavities and tooth failure
untreated missing teeth

Untreated Missing Teeth

  • unattractive smile
  • loss of chewing ability
  • may lead to bone loss

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If all upper or lower teeth are missing, multiple dental implants may be used to support a denture. Due to bone loss, traditional dentures may become loose and unstable over time. Dental implant supported dentures and maintain bone so dentures remain stable in your mouth.

implant supported dentures

Implant Supported Dentures

  • full chewing ability
  • allows for a complete and healthy diet
  • remains stable in your mouth
traditional dentures

Traditional Dentures

  • loss of chewing ability
  • difficult to maintain a healthy diet
  • loose and unstable over time
  • may lead to bone loss

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Treatment Planning

Dr. Coulter will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine implant position. Occasionally, a bone graft or gum tissue graft will be needed to create an adequate site for the dental implants.

implant placement

Implant Placement

Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before an abutment and crown are attached. In most cases, you can receive a temporary crown the same day the implant is placed.

crown placement

Crown Placement

Your final crown will be placed to restore your natural smile.

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Dental implants can be placed in most adults. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease implant treatment effectiveness, so first discuss your full medical history with Dr. Coulter. Patient results may vary. Only a trained clinician can determine the best treatment plan. Please ask us to explain the benefits and risks to see if dental implants are right for you.

Implants & Insurance

The value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options. Insurance policies vary but most cover a portion of the restorative procedure. Financing options are often available with competitive interest rates, and payments can be tailored to your budget. Contact us for more information about BioHorizons implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are dental implants?

  • Dental implants are the standard of care for tooth replacement. They integrate with the bone to provide support for crowns and dentures.

  • What will happen without treatment?

  • Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.

  • Who is a candidate?

  • Dental implants can be placed in most adults. Please ask us to explain the benefits and risks to see if dental implants are right for you.

  • Is implant placement painful?

  • No, dental implants are typically placed under local anesthesia. Most treatments can be completed in your clinician’s office.

  • How soon may I return to work after treatment?

  • You may return to work the next day unless otherwise instructed by your clinician. You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have.

  • How long does it take to place dental implants?

  • They may be placed in as little as 30 to 60 minutes depending on the location and the number of implants placed.

  • What if there is not enough bone or gum tissue for the dental implant?

  • A graft may be needed if your clinician determines there is not sufficient bone or gum tissue.

  • When will I receive my new teeth?

  • Treatment time varies by patient. Typically, you will have some type of temporary teeth until your implants integrate with the bone. Your clinician can provide a time estimate based on your treatment needs.

  • How do I care for my implants?

  • Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.

  • How long can implants last?

  • Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.*

  • What is the success rate of dental implants?

  • BioHorizons dental implants have an extremely high average success rate (99.2%).†

  • How does the long-term value of implants compare to other treatment options?

  • Dental implants are low maintenance and provide stability and confidence in your smile. Therefore, the long-term value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options.

  • Are dental implants covered by insurance?

  • Insurance policies vary but most cover a portion of the restorative procedure. Financing options are often available with competitive interest rates, and payments can be tailored to your budget.

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