Dental Implants


Tooth loss may affect patients of any age, causing daily tasks once taken for granted, such as chewing and speaking, to become cumbersome. Not to mention, patients often suffer from embarrassment in the wake of tooth loss, even in the case of a single missing tooth. Unlike other prosthetics, such as dental bridges and dentures, dental implants also replace your missing teeth’s roots for a more comprehensive restorative solution to tooth loss.

Understanding Dental Implants

Patients commonly use the term “dental implant” to refer to the entire tooth replacement, but this is inaccurate. The dental implant refers only to the portion of treatment that replaces the root of the tooth. In actuality, a dental implant restoration consists of three parts:

  • Dental implant post: The surgical placement of the titanium root-like post into your jawbone will replace your missing tooth’s root. Over several months, your jawbone will bond to the implant as it heals in a process called osseointegration.
  • Abutments: An abutment is a small attachment piece that fits on top of the implant, attaching your restoration to the implant post.
  • Restorations: Restorations include the visible portion of your tooth replacement, which is placed on top of the abutment. We offer dental crowns for single tooth replacement, as well as complete and partial dentures that can be secured to a series of implants for more severe cases of tooth loss.

Dental Implant Questions

Is it important to replace my tooth’s roots?

Replacing your teeth’s roots is a significant step in maintaining your jawbone health. Your natural roots stimulate your jawbone when you bite down or chew. The process results in the steady flow of nutrients to your jawbone, so it remains strong to support teeth. The absence of roots ends this interaction, during which time your body may resorb this portion of bone tissue. This may lead to jawbone deterioration. Implants mimic your roots and their stimulation, protecting jaw health and your smile.

How do you determine candidacy for dental implants?

Dental implants require a strong jawbone for support, as well as healthy, disease-free teeth and gums. You may require other restorative treatments or regenerative jawbone services to prepare for successful implant placement. Dr. Murray will examine your mouth carefully using advanced imaging technology to determine if dental implants are right for you and refer you to a specialist to determine if implants are right for you.


Dr. Murray and our team at Red Bridge Family dental thank you for choosing us as your dental care provider and look forward to meeting you and your family. With a strong focus on patient comfort, we provide comprehensive dental services to address the needs of every family member, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as dental implants. We encourage you to visit us for preventive care, so we may assist you in maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come. Contact us at your convenience: (816) 943-0600.