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 like artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist . 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.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues (concavities in facial form due to missing teeth).
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
Dental implants can be placed immediately upon removal of a tooth or may require a healing period after an extraction.
X-rays or a CT scan 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 (and sedation if desired), the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate with the bone for 6-12 weeks.
After the bone has matured, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. The artificial teeth are 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 ensure the longevity of your new implant.