Dental Implants are a great way to replace single or multiple missing teeth. They also provide a fixed alternative to having removal partial or complete dentures. Implants can be utilized to provide excellent support and stability for those who wear removable appliances by adding a few implants.
Dental implants are artificial roots made out of titanium that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist – a certified specialist of the gums and supporting bone. Crowns/teeth which are very natural looking are specifically fabricated and connected to these implants to restore a patient’s smile and function.
Dental implants are very strong, durable and if properly planned and placed by an experienced surgeon, should last many years, however dental implants still require follow up and care and occasionally need to be replaced.
Reasons for dental implants:
• Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
• Prevent teeth movement and shifting into missing tooth spaces
• Restore a patient’s confident smile
• Restore chewing, speech and improve digestion
• Restore or enhance facial profile and tissue
• Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and increase comfort
What does getting dental implants involve?
Patient’s are first seen for a full examination and consultation with one of the Periodontists in our office. Depending on the complexity, impressions (molds) and radiographs (x-rays) are taken of the jaw to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for implant placement. On the day of the surgery, while the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the jaw bone. The healing time can range between weeks to months. Temporary restorations are fabricated in the meantime to fill the gap while the implant heals. Occasionally, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
Once implants are healed, the artificial teeth are custom made and fitted to the implants, this process can be completed within a few weeks or months depending on the complexity of case. Once the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implants, they provide excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive step by step care instructions throughout your treatment process. Good oral hygiene, eating habits and regular dental visits will aid in improving the longevity of your new implant.