Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution versus removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants can also be utilized to stabilize existing ill fitting dentures.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a 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 very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, the crown on top of the implant may have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
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 them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a series of visits over several months depending on case complexity.
Precise imaging and digital pictures / scans (no more impression materials in the mouth) of your teeth and surrounding supporting structures are taken at the consultation appointment. Customized treatment plans are then generated and presented to you. Once the treatment plan is accepted, precise planning and placement are completed giving you a dental implant that is in its most ideal location both functionally and esthetically.
After approximately 3-4 months of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the implant anchor.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.