What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that can replace both the upper and lower portion of a tooth. It’s ideal for areas in the mouth that are missing dentition. Implants can be used to replace single missing teeth as well as multiple missing teeth. They do not require surrounding teeth to be filed down or compromised in any way.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
Implants are typically needed if you have a missing tooth or want to keep a denture securely in place. They can last for decades without showing signs of wear. They fuse naturally with the bone of the jaw, preventing the restoration from shifting or moving out of place. Osseointegration (fusing with the bone) can take anywhere from three to about six months.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for your new dental implants to heal properly, you’ll need enough healthy bone structure in the area they’ll be placed. If you do not have enough bone, we’ll advise you to have a bone grafting that replaces what’s missing. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to heal from the actual procedure. We can examine your mouth and teeth to determine if you might need implants.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
We begin by administering a sedative to calm and relax you during the appointment. We then create a small incision through the gums and embed the new implant deep into the bone. The implant will fuse with the bone in a few short months. After the implant has been given time to heal, we’ll create a new restoration specifically for the implant. This might be a crown, bridge or even a complete denture that can be snapped into place over the implants. Your new implants will last for decades and provide you with a fuller, healthier smile.
If you think you might need an implant and want to learn more about the procedure, call our office today and we can further assist you.