What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a wonderful way to fully replace a tooth that you’re currently missing. Rather than wear a removable prosthetic appliance or having to compromise surrounding teeth, the implant works on its own. Implants naturally fuse with the underlying jawbone during a process known as osseointegration. When this occurs, the implant will become a solid and secure part of your smile.
Why might Dental Implants be needed?
The reason you might benefit from having an implant placed is because you’re missing a tooth. When you’re missing one or more of your teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident in your smile. You might even find that the surrounding teeth are beginning to shift into the area and causing your smile to look crooked and crowded. Implants are ideal for most patients and can be used to hold a crown, bridge or even a full overdenture in place.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
The majority of patients who want or need implants can safely come in for work. You should have enough healthy and solid bone structure in the area where the implant is going to be placed. This will help the implant to fuse and heal naturally so that it does not become loose or fall out. Most implants can last for decades or even a lifestyle. This makes them a wonderfully permanent solution to many smile problems.
What happens during the Dental Implant process?
The implant process will begin by administering either a local or general anesthetic. We then make an incision through the gums and insert the titanium implant deep into the jawbone. It is given time to fuse with the bone, which can take several months. Once the implant has healed and is a solid part of your jaw, we will make another restoration to fit on top. The crown, bridge or overdenture is made specifically for your smile by taking detailed impressions of the area where the implant has been placed.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.