Implants are no longer experimental, and they are neither exotic nor rare. Implants are now the treatment of choice for an increasing number of everyday people who want the best that dentistry has to offer. In our office, implant procedures are just as routine as basic restorative dentistry is in other offices.
Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth or all the teeth with crowns and bridges. Implants can also support and stabilize removable partial or complete dentures.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium alloy) that are surgically placed into the jawbone.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, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Some reasons for dental implants may include...
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Support a bridge or denture making them more stable and comfortable.
Reduce or eliminate denture adhesives
Preserve the jawbone by creating functional loads preventing it from resorbing.
Restore or enhance
Confident speech and smile
Functional chewing for better enjoyment and better digestion
Facial structure—some wrinkles may even disappear if the face is made fuller
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants may be completed in just a few visits over a very short period, or it may require a number of visits over several months. As with all medical and dental treatments, there are risks, benefits, and alternatives about which patients must be made aware following thorough examination and treatment discussion.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant prior to treatment.On the treatment day, the area is made numb, the implant is placed into the bone, sometimes with no incision at all, and it may be put into function almost immediately or it may be allowed to heal and integrate itself with the bone for up to six months or longer.Depending on many factors, including the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post or attachment” that will hold the artificial tooth or denture in place.
Depending on the types of procedures being done, treatment time may be very short, or it may take several months to be completed. After the proper period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant(s), providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
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.