What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth that resembles a natural tooth. It replaces the entire missing tooth structure, from root to crown. Dr. Carla Roher has been successfully restoring smiles with implants for many years and is always happy to educate patients on the procedure and answer any questions. Medical Arts Dentistry routinely uses dental implants to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implant technology has become the state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution because of its advantages over earlier treatments. Here, Medical Arts Dentistry discusses dental implants and why they are becoming more and more popular. 

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Three Main Parts

  • The Implant – The implant is a titanium root-like structure that is embedded into the bone. The bone fuses with the implant through a natural process known as osseointegration.
  • The Abutment – The abutment is a connector that fastens the prosthetic teeth to the implant. A small screw runs through the prosthesis and into the abutment to keep it tight. Abutments are often angled to allow for the correct placement of the prosthesis onto a slanted implant.
  • The Crown or Arch – Also known as the “tooth” or “prosthesis”, the crown should be designed to appear and be as strong as natural teeth. The best prosthesis is designed in a lab and custom-fit for each patient. Prosthetic teeth designed for dental implants can be for a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full set of teeth, known as a “full arch.”


According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, around 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, and this number increases every year. Dental implant surgery is safe when a qualified and experienced surgeon or dentist like Dr. Carla Roher performs it. It is also the only dental restoration option that maintains the health of the person’s jawbone and stimulates its growth.

Dental Implants Risks

Some people are not candidates for dental implant surgery. It is not safe for dentists to operate on patients with:

  • acute illness
  • uncontrollable metabolic disease
  • bone or soft tissue disease or infection

Dentists may refrain from placing implants in patients with the following due to a higher risk of the implant complications:

  • heavy smoking habits
  • parafunctional habits, such as tooth grinding or clenching
  • behavioral or psychiatric disorders
  • HIV
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • AIDS

Dental surgeons may also choose not to operate on people undergoing the following treatments, due to an increased risk of implant complications:

  • bisphosphonate drug treatment for bone loss diseases
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy of the head or neck
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Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

  • Long-lasting – With proper care and maintenance, implants can last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes.
  • Natural Look & Feel – Dental implants are made to look and function like natural teeth. Implants can give patients confidence again without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will become detached. 
  • High Success Rate – Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options. 
  • Eating Ability – Dental implants are anchored into your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to eat and speak more efficiently. 
  • Improved Facial Features – Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. Additionally, they preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height. 

Call Us Today

Everyone wants to be able to smile confidently. Missing teeth can be a source of social anxiety and make enjoying the foods you love more difficult. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is one way to regain your ideal smile. Dr. Carla Roher and her experienced Savannah dental team can transform your smile using state-of-the-art technology, professional techniques, and top-quality materials into the healthy, natural-looking one you desire.

To find out what our cosmetic dentistry team can accomplish for you individually, Medical Arts Dentistry in Savannah today at (912) 921-0401 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Roher.