What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a type of restoration that is designed to replace a missing tooth completely. It replaces the roots and the crown of a missing tooth without the need to wear a partial denture or compromise surrounding teeth for a bridge. Implants are often made of titanium, so they are durable and long-lasting. Most implants can last for a lifetime without the need for repairs or replacement.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
The reason you might benefit from an implant is because you’re missing one or more natural teeth. The implant is embedded into the jawbone, where it is given time to fuse with the bone itself. Once this happens, we can make a crown or bridge that fits over the new implant. By having implants placed, you’re improving the look and functionality of your smile.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
Implants need healthy, solid bone to fuse with after being placed. If you have areas of bone loss, we might suggest having bone grafting done prior to the implant surgery. This helps to build up the area with either donor or synthetic bone. We will take x-rays of the area to determine if implants are right for you and if bone grafting is needed.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
The implant procedure begins with anesthetic to numb the mouth and relax you. We then make a small incision into the gums and embed the implant post deep into the jawbone. The implant is then given several months to heal on its own. Integration with the bone takes anywhere from three to six months, though this will vary depending on the patient. We then make a special restoration for the top of the implant, whether this is a crown or bridge. Some patients may even benefit from having multiple implants placed in order to keep a full denture in place.
If you think you might benefit from a dental implant, call our office today and we will be happy to help answer your questions.