What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are typically made of titanium, which is durable and strong enough to withstand everyday pressure and force. Implants replace the roots of the missing tooth and act as abutments for other restorations on top, such as crowns or bridges. The implant procedure is quick, simple and your new implant can be completely healed in just a few months.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
You might want or need a new implant because you’re missing a tooth. Rather than compromise surrounding teeth to fit a bridge, one or more implants can be placed to work on their own. Implants are considered to be permanent restorations, since they fuse with the underlying bone just a few months after being placed. Implants can improve the look and functionality of your smile.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery to be considered a good candidate for implants. Likewise, the area where the implant will be placed should have healthy, solid bone structure. This ensures that the implant is able to fuse and bond with the bone after being placed. We will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine if implants are right for you.
What happens during the Dental Implant process?
The implant procedure involves making an incision through the gums and then placing a small titanium implant into the underlying bone. Over the course of about three to six months, the implant fuses with the bone during a process known as osseointegration. Once fully bonded, we will make a restoration like a crown or bridge for the top of the implant. Implants are permanent, but the restorations placed on top will need to be replaced after showing signs of wear or damage. Implants can even be used to hold a denture in place to prevent it from slipping or falling out throughout the day.
If you would like to learn more about dental implant technology, call our office today so that one of our friendly team members can further assist you.