What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that can be used to replace a missing tooth inside the mouth. They are often made out of titanium, which has long been a choice material for surgical procedures. Implants can replace both the top portion and the roots of a tooth, whether it has been extracted or has fallen out. Most implants can last for decades, so they can be considered as a permanent solution to your smile problems.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
The most common reason you may want an implant is because you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth. A single implant can be placed in the jaw, without the need to compromise surrounding healthy dentition. Likewise, multiple implants can be placed to hold either a fixed bridge or a complete denture in place. Implants are easy to place, and will fuse naturally with the underlying bone in roughly six months.
Who’s a candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are best suited for healthy adult patients, who are free of bone health problems. If you have issues with bone loss in your jaw, a bone graft may be necessary to create stability before an implant can be placed. You must have the ability to undergo oral surgery and heal properly from the procedure, so conditions which affect healing may prevent you from being able to have an implant. However, most patients who want an implant can safely have the procedure done in our office.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
During your consultation appointment, we’ll discuss any anesthetic or sedative options available to you, making sure that you feel confident in your decision. Your surgical appointment will begin by administering this anesthetic to make you more comfortable during oral surgery. An incision is made through the gums, and a titanium implant post is inserted deep into the bone. The gums may be sutured around the implant, ensuring proper healing. Following the procedure, you will be sent home with important aftercare instructions. Over the course of the next few months, you’ll come in periodically so that we can check on the healing progress of the implant. It should heal, fusing with the bone, in about six months. At this time, we’ll make a new dental restoration for you that’ll be placed over the implant to complete the treatment, giving you a new smile.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they work, call our office today to schedule an appointment. We offer extended office hours to make your dental care more convenient.