Dental implants are a great solution when it comes to replacing missing teeth and providing an effective solution to issues of complete or removable partial dentures. Implants offer excellent stability for these dental appliances.
In simple terms, dental implants refer to artificial teeth and roots that are surgically placed in the upper and lower jawbone by a Periodontist (a gum and supporting bone specialist) or dentist. The teeth that attach to implants look natural and can restore the smile of a patient!
Dental implants are durable, strong and capable of lasting for many years. Occasionally, they may have to be replaced or re-tightened because of normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace a couple of missing teeth without affecting surrounding teeth
- Resolve bite problems or joint pain brought about by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore the smiles of patients
- Restore speech, chewing, and digestion
- Enhance or restore facial tissues
- Making a denture or bridge more comfortable and secure
What does getting dental implants involve?
To get dental implants, one has to visit the dentist a couple of times over several months
First, the X-ray of the teeth and jaw are taken to determine the available gum tissue, bone, and spacing for an implant. The area is made numb, and the implant is surgically planted into the bone and given up to 6 months to heal. Depending on the implant type, a second surgical procedure may be required to place the “post” that is supposed to hold the artificial teeth firmly.
The artificial teeth form after several weeks and are fitted to the anchor’s post portion. This step may take up to two months because there may be a need for several fittings. The artificial teeth are attached to the implant after a period of healing, giving the patient great comfort and stability.
You will get care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good eating habits and oral hygiene, as well as visiting the dentist regularly, will improve the life your new implant.
For questions and concerns about dental implants, please feel free to contact our office.