What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant can replace a missing tooth in your mouth. In the past, you typically only had two options for replacing a missing tooth and those were with a fixed bridge or a partial denture. Rather than compromise other teeth or having to wear a removable appliance, we offer a titanium implant that works on its own. The implant fuses with the underlying jawbone and can be used to hold onto dental crowns and other restorations.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
The reason you’ll need a dental implant is because you’re missing a tooth. Implants are long-lasting restorations, with most lasting for four or more decades without showing signs of wear. Implants help to improve the look of your smile while restoring functionality to the rest of your teeth. Depending on the amount of teeth needing to be replaced, we can place one or several implants at the same time.
Who is a candidate for the Dental Implant procedure?
In order for implants to heal properly, you’ll need enough healthy bone structure in the area where the implant will be placed. This means that the implant will have more of a chance of healing successfully. If you have bone loss, we may recommend having a simple bone grafting done prior to the implant surgery itself. Most patients who need or want dental implants can safely have them placed.
What happens during the process to place Dental Implants?
We will create an incision through the gums and create a small hole through the jawbone. The titanium implant is then placed and we’ll give it time to heal. In just about three to nine months, the implant will begin to fuse with the underlying jawbone. Once this occurs, we can make a new restoration for the top of the implant. You can expect your implant to last for many decades, so it’s a restoration that you won’t need to think about or worry over.
If you’d like to know more about dental implants and how they work, call us now and we can help to answer all of your dental-related questions. Our low office wait times and personable one-on-one approach to care is a great choice for all of your dental needs.