Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants replace the roots of your teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an oral surgeon. Crowns are attached to the implants and are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s function and 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:
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
What does getting dental implants involve?
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 2-3 months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the healing collar. With other implants the implant and healing collar are already attached and placed at the same time.
After 2-3 months of healing it is time to fabricate the crowns for the implant. This is usually a 2-step procedure with the first appointment being the impression and the second appointment being the insertion of the crowns.
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.