What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are currently at the forefront of dentistry. These small titanium rods can be used to fully replace both the roots as well as the crown of a missing tooth. The implant itself is inserted deep into the jawbone, where it undergoes a process known as osseointegration. Over the course of a few months, the implant bonds naturally with the bone and becomes a solid part of your smile.
Why would a Dental Implant be needed?
The reason you may benefit from a dental implant is because you’re missing one or more teeth. A single implant can be placed to replace just one missing tooth. Several implants can be placed to hold either a fixed bridge in place or even a full denture plate. Implants can last for decades, so many think of them as a permanent solution to many dental problems.
What makes someone a good candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for a dental implant to heal, it needs solid bone where it is placed. If you suffer from bone loss, a bone grafting may be necessary prior to the implant procedure. However, we can determine if you’re a viable candidate with a simple x-ray in our office. Most people who want and need implants can safely come in for surgery without requiring additional procedures.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
The implant procedure begins with anesthetic that is used to numb one area of the mouth. We then make an incision through the gums to place the titanium implant post. This post is placed deep into the jawbone, where it is able to integrate with the surrounding bone. Over the course of about three to six months, your implant will heal and bond with your smile. At this time, we make a restoration, like a crown or special denture, that is then placed over the newly healed implant. The majority of dental implants are maintenance-free and can last for 40 to 50 years or longer.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit your smile, call us today to speak with one of our helpful representatives.