Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and offer a fixed solution to having a removable partial or complete dentures. Implants may also be utilized to provide additional retention, support and stability for removable dentures.
Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw 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 for many years. On occasion, they may require tightening or replacement due to normal wear and function.
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 assess bone support, gum tissue and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant is surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With some implants, the "post" and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the new implant teeth are made and fitted to the "post" portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a final healing period, the new implant teeth are securely attached to the "post" providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive homecare instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, proper eating habits and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.