What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have quickly become a go-to option for patients who are completely missing one or more teeth. The implant itself is embedded deep into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the implant will fuse with the bone itself. Once fused, we will make either a crown or bridge to be placed over the top of it to restore your smile.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
You might need a dental implant if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth. Rather than wear a removable prosthetic appliance or having to compromise surrounding teeth with a bridge, we can place one or more implants to restore your smile. Implants work independently, so you can replace just the teeth that you’re missing. Many people even use several implants to keep an overdenture plate in place.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
Most patients who want to have implants placed can safely come into the office for treatment. We will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are healthy enough to undergo this type of surgery. You should have enough healthy bone structure in the area where the implant will be placed in order for it to heal properly. When the implant is able to heal correctly, you can expect it to last for a lifetime without needing to be replaced.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Implants?
The procedure to place an implant will begin with anesthetic or sedative of your choice. A small incision is made through the gums so that we can gain access to the underlying bone. We will create a small hole through the bone to make room for the new implant. The titanium implant is inserted deep into this hole and you’re given aftercare instructions on how to keep the area clean. After a few months, the implant will bond with the bone. At this time, you’ll come back in and have another restoration, like a crown, made to be placed over the implant.
If you would like to come into our office to discuss dental implants, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.