What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the bone of either the upper or lower jaw.
Implants are often used to replace areas in the mouth that are completely missing teeth. It’s not uncommon for implants to be used to keep bridges and even full dentures in place. Implants can last for several decades, since they osseointegrate (fuse) with the bone entirely.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
You might want or need a dental implant if you’re missing a tooth. If you have an ill-fitting denture or want a fixed bridge where it wouldn’t otherwise be able to be placed, implants can help to create that long-lasting, natural smile you’ve always wanted. Once the implant has been given time to fuse with the surrounding bone, it’ll be a permanent solution to many of your dental problems. It takes about six months for implants to heal fully and become part of the surrounding bone.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
You need to be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery in order for implants to be placed. We will first examine your teeth and mouth to determine if and when an implant may need to be placed. If you do not have enough healthy, solid bone in the area receiving the implant, we may suggest a bone graft prior to having surgery done.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
To begin, we’ll administer either a local or general anesthetic as needed.
We then insert a titanium post into the bone and suture the gums to promote even healing. The implant will naturally heal over the course of about six months and bond with surrounding bone structure. It is then permanently in place and can be used as an anchor for a wide range of other restorations. These restorations are specially made to fit over the new implant.
If you think you might need a dental implant or want to inquire more about the procedure, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.