What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth within the mouth. Implants are normally made out of titanium, which has been proven safe when used in surgical procedures. The implant is inserted deep into the bone of your jaw, fusing with the bone in just a few short months. Once the implant has healed, a crown, bridge, or even a custom denture can be made to snap onto the abutment of the implant.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
You might need or want an implant because you’re missing a tooth. Unlike a partial denture or a fixed bridge that compromises your surrounding teeth, an implant acts on its own to replace what’s missing. Alternatively, you might need a bridge or denture, and want the restoration to be more securely in place. Multiple implants can be placed to hold onto either one of these prosthetic choices.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Implant?
We will examine your mouth and teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for an implant. Implants are suitable for patients who have otherwise healthy and solid bone structure. If you’re missing bone, we may suggest that you have a bone grafting done prior to the implant surgery. Implants can last for decades without needing any special treatment or care.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
We begin by offering either local or general sedation as needed. We then insert the titanium post of the implant deep into the bone. This post is given time to heal and bond with the surrounding bone. Osseointegration, or fusion with the bone, normally takes about six months, though this can vary from one patient to another. Once the implant has healed, we can make a new crown, denture, or bridge for the restoration, enhancing your smile and replacing the teeth that are currently missing.
If you would like to learn more about implants and how they work, call us today and we can get you into the office for a consultation.