A dental implant is a restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth within the mouth. They work independently, so no other tooth will need to be damaged or compromised in order to replace what’s missing. Implants are made of titanium alloy, which has been used in surgical procedures for years. Implants fuse with the underlying jawbone over the course of about three to six months, becoming a permanent part of your smile.
WHY WOULD DENTAL IMPLANTS BE NEEDED?
You might need an implant if you’re currently missing one or more of your natural teeth. You might be unhappy with the way that you look, and you may even be dealing with issues concerning functionality. By replacing the teeth, you’re able to eat, chew and speak easier, and you’ll feel more confident in yourself. Dental implants are long-lasting, durable and are relatively maintenance-free.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
In order for implants to heal correctly, you need to have enough bone in the area where they’ll be placed. If you have areas of bone loss, you will need a bone grafting prior to the implant surgery. Bone grafting is a relatively easy oral surgery that can be helpful in building up areas that are lacking viable bone. Most patients who need an implant can and will benefit from the procedure.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE?
The dental implant procedure begins with anesthetic or sedation of your choosing. We then cut slightly into the gums and create a hole in the jawbone. The titanium implant post is placed deep into this hole and given time to integrate with the surrounding area. You will come in regularly to have the implant checked while it is healing. We then make either a crown, denture or bridge that is placed over the new implant. You can expect the implant to last for decades without needing special treatment.
If you would like to come into our office for dental implants, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient appointment.