Dental implants are a great way to replace missing
teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or
complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for
these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth
(usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower
jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and
supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural
looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will
last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or
replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
What does getting dental implants involve?
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the
jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for
an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically
placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to
six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be
required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial
tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already
attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial
teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because
several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months
to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely
attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to
You will receive care instructions when your
treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside
regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.
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