Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or dental specialist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and enhance your smile and function!
Dental implants are strong and durable and should last many years. Being a dental restoration, some maintenance could be required. You must keep the area very clean just like your other teeth so that the gums and bone remain healthy.
Reasons for dental implants:
What does getting dental implants involve?
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for two to six months. Sometimes the surgeon will allow the implant to be covered by the gums while it heals and will have to be uncovered in a simple second procedure.
After several weeks of healing an impression is taken and the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the implant. The artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.