Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Alternatively implants can also be used to stabilize and retain a loose denture. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone under the gums; later teeth are attached to these artificial roots. 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:
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.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
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. Then, while the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for 3-6 months. In some instances after the implant has integrated into the bone, second mini-surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. Other times the post and implant are attached and placed at the same time.
Artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion that is attached to the implant. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, 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.