Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
⇒ Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
⇒ Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
⇒ Restore a patient’s confident smile.
⇒ Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
⇒ Restore or enhance facial tissues.
⇒ Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
While skilled general dentists are often capable of placing implants, it is usually wise to have an implant specialist such as an oral surgeon insert the implant and the general dentist make the crown that goes on top. We work closely with implant specialists to ensure that the implants are placed in the best possible alignment to provide the maximum function and esthetics. This minimizes the chances for problems or complications.
The process of getting implants requires a series of visits over a period of months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for three to six months. The sensitivity afterwards is usually less than occurs with having a tooth removed.
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After the post portion of the implant is placed, the artificial teeth are custom made by our laboratory, a process that usually takes about two weeks. They are then securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.