What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that helps to replace a missing tooth within the mouth. Often made of titanium, implants are durable and long-lasting, and can become a permanent part of your smile. Implants can be placed easily in our office at your own convenience. They can be used to hold a crown, fixed bridge or even a complete overdenture in place.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
The main reason you’d want or need implants is because you’re missing one or more teeth. Rather than damage or compromise your surrounding teeth, implants work independently. They are placed deep into the jawbone, where they are given time to undergo a process known as osseointegration. This process simply refers to the titanium implant’s post fusing with the surrounding bone.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Implant?
Most patients who want or need implants can safely have the procedure done with no ill effects. We will take x-rays and perform an exam prior to any type of oral surgery. If you are lacking enough bone in the area where the implant will be placed, we may suggest a bone graft. This helps to add bone in an area where it is missing, giving the implant more surface to bond with over time.
What can be expected during the procedure for Dental Implants?
The implant procedure is done easily in our office and requires several follow-up visits. The surgery itself involves creating a small incision through the gums and drilling a thin tunnel-like hole through the jawbone. The titanium implant is placed into this hole and you’ll be given aftercare instructions to ensure that the area heals properly. Over the course of the next few months, you’ll come in several times so that we can be sure the implant is healing properly. Once healed, we will make and place a crown, bridge or overdenture over the implants that have been placed.
If you think you may need a new dental implant, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.