Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants can be thought of as "artificial roots." They are usually made out of titanium, and are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an experienced Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and can enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years. We often recommend getting a nite appliance to wear nitely in order to protect your implant restored crowns.
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.
Seeing the Oral Surgeon or Periodontist (the "specialists")
At our office, we refer patients to a few of the most trusted and well experienced Oral Surgeons or Periodontists. These "specialists" have extensive training in the placement of implants.
X-rays are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. A Panorex and/or CT scan are often taken prior to placement of the implant(s). A thorough medical history review is taken to make sure there are no contraindications to having dental implants placed.
Typically, the healing time after placement of an implant is between 3-6 months. Without any complexities or medical issues that would delay healing, most implants can fully osseointegrate in 3 months.
Once the specialist has seen you for a follow up appointment and has confirmed that the implant has integrated with the bone, we will start the restorative phase of treatment. Because several fittings/impressions may be required, it may take one to two months to complete.
Success with Implants:
Most patients will have a great and long-lasting outcome for implant success which can enhance one's smile and boost their self-confidence.
You will receive homecare instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.