Dental implants can be a great solution when it comes to replacing missing teeth and also fixing removable partial or complete dentures. Implants offer stability and support for these dental appliances.
Dental implants refer to artificial teeth and roots (made of titanium) that are surgically planted into the lower or upper jaw by a Periodontist or dentist. The teeth attached to implants appear natural and improve a patient’s smile.
Dental implants can last many years as they are very durable. However, you may have to get them replaced or re-tightened.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Resolve bite problems or joint pain caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Replace missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Support a denture or bridge, making it more comfortable and secure
- Enhance or restore facial tissues
What does getting dental implants involve?
Getting implants requires that the patient visits the dentist a couple of times over several months. Impressions (mold) and X-rays of the teeth and jaw are taken to determine the availability of space, gum tissue and bone. With the area numb, the implant is surgically placed into the bone and given six months to heal and adapt. Depending on the specific implant, another surgery may be needed to plant the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth firmly. The anchor and post of other implants are usually placed at the same time.
At the end of the healing process, the dentist makes and fits the artificial teeth to the anchors’ post portion. This may take up to two months to complete, as several fittings may be required. The artificial teeth are then safely attached to the implant after a period of healing, providing the patient with excellent comfort and stability.
You will get care instruction when you complete your treatment. Practicing proper hygiene, healthy eating, as well as periodic dental visits, will enhance the life of your new implant.
If you would love to schedule a consultation or learn more about dental implants, please contact our office.