Dental implants are a wonderful way to completely replace one or more teeth within the mouth. Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or are going to be using the implants to keep a full denture in place, you can feel confident that you’re utilizing a restoration option that will last you a lifetime. Most patients who have implants will have them for decades, so you can think of them as a permanent solution to many smile problems.
What to Know About Dental Implants
Your dental implant is made out of titanium, which has been proven time and time again to be safely used in surgical procedures. The titanium is strong and durable, making it resilient to the force and pressure that your mouth experiences every single day. The implant itself will need to undergo a process that is known as osseointegration in order for it to heal properly. This means that the implant will fuse naturally with the actual bone, preventing it from becoming loose or damaged.
Who is a Good Candidate for Them?
Most patients who want implants can safely have them placed in our office. However, in order for implants to heal properly, you need to have enough solid, healthy bone in the area where they will be placed. If you have bone loss due to periodontal disease or another condition, we might recommend that a bone grafting be done. Bone loss can even be caused by old extractions leaving a large gap or space in the underlying bone. Bone grafting helps to build up the area so that the implant has a secure place to sit and heal on its own.
What to Know About the Procedure
The procedure to place the actual implants is quite straightforward. A small incision is made through the gums and an implant is placed into the jawbone itself. In just three to nine months, the implant undergoes osseointegration and fuses with the surrounding jawbone. Once healed, we will make another restoration, like a crown or bridge, that is placed over the top of the implant. Your new implant is a great way to restore your smile and improve the way that you look without compromising other teeth.
If you’re interested in learning more about implants, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient consultation appointment.