Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a general dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. 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.
Reasons for dental implants:
Prevention of bone loss.
Resembles and feels like natural teeth.
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 and improve chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
Your dentist will perform a complete examination involving x-rays to determine if implants are right for you. Once your specific needs are assessed you doctor will schedule an appointment with a specialist for a consultation. Both doctors will discuss your options and decide with you which treatment plan is best. Depending on your needs, your treatment may be complete in three steps.
The Surgeon places an implant(s) into your jawbone.
The implant replaces the natural tooth root and provides structural support.
The Restoring Doctor will make models of your mouth.
The models will be sent to the laboratory to create your replacement tooth (teeth).
The Restoring Doctor will attach your replacement tooth (teeth).
The result is the look and feel of natural teeth. Chewing and speech is restored or improved, while bone structure is preserved.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits and regular dental visits will aid in the lifetime of your new implant.