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Why Are Dental Implants Needed

Implants can completely transform the way that your smile looks. Rather than wear a prosthetic appliance or having to compromise other teeth for a bridge, the implant works on its own to replace just what you’re missing. Implants are made of titanium, so they can withstand the daily pressure and force that is involved with eating, chewing and even grinding your teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Implants work with your body to improve the look of your smile. During a quick, simple surgical procedure, the implant is embedded into the jawbone. After several months, the implant will bond and fuse with the actual bone during a process known as osseointegration. This ensures that the implant is securely and stably in place. The implant will then act as the foundation for other restorations like crowns, dentures and bridge work.

Implants Can Completely Transform
Implants Work With Your Body To Improve

Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?

Most people who either need or want a new implant can safely have the procedure done in our office. However, in order for implants to fuse and heal properly, you need healthy and solid bone structure in the area where they’re being placed. We will take x-rays to determine if you can have implants placed. If you are missing bone, we may recommend that you have a bone grafting done to build up the area and improve the chances of the implant healing correctly. Likewise, if you have low-lying sinuses, we may recommend a sinus lift for implants placed on the upper jaw.

The procedure involves undergoing sedation in order to place the new implant. Because of this, you should be healthy enough to undergo the procedure and have the ability to heal from it after it has been completed. You will need to come in regularly after surgery so that we can check on the implant to make sure it is healing correctly. Once it has healed, we’ll create a specially-made restoration that fits over the top of it. You can expect the implant itself to last a lifetime once it’s been given time to heal. You can benefit from the fact that your smile will be full and healthy for life, and that you’ve chosen a restorative option that doesn’t involve damaging any surrounding teeth.

If you would like to schedule a consultation regarding implants, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.

What Are Dental Implants

For patients who are missing their natural teeth, they may be looking for a way to replace what’s missing without the need to wear a prosthetic appliance or having to compromise surrounding teeth to fit a fixed bridge. In this case, a dental bridge may be the best option for you, since it works independently and can provide you with a full, natural-looking smile.

What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

A dental implant is a small titanium restoration that looks like a small post or screw. This post is surgically embedded into the jaw during a convenient, quick procedure. Over the course of a few months, the implant fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent part of your smile. The upper portion of the implant is known as the abutment, and it acts as the foundation for crowns, bridges and even full dentures. Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth without damaging other dentition and without the need for a partial denture.

For Patients Who Are Missing Their Natural
What Are Dental Implants And How Do They Work

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

The beauty about dental implants and why so many people choose this restoration is because they are considered to be permanent. This means that you will not need to replace or repair the implant after it has been given time to heal. The restorations placed on top of the implant, like the crown or bridge, will need to be replaced over time as they show signs of wear. The implant, however, stays firmly in place and will provide you with a lifetime of wear and durability.

It is important to keep your teeth and mouth clean when you have implants. One issue that can cause implants to loosen and break involves bone loss. Because gum disease can lead to bone loss, it is important to take steps to prevent gum disease from occurring. This means brushing and flossing daily and coming into the office for regular professional cleanings and exams. At each of your exams, we can check on the health of the implant to ensure that it is doing well and does not require any type of additional repair. Implants are a wonderful way to transform your smile and feel better about the way that you look thanks to the technology that has been put into developing them.

If you’d like to learn more about implants, call us today and one of our friendly staff members can further assist you.