Dental implants can be used to replace areas of missing dentition within the mouth. Your implants will become the foundation for crowns, fixed bridge work and even complete overdentures that won’t slip or fall out of place. Implants are becoming incredibly common and are a go-to for patients who want a relatively permanent solution to their smile problems.
All About Dental Implants
Most implants are made of titanium, which has been proven time and time again to be safe when used within the human body. The titanium implant works by fusing with the underlying jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This process can take anywhere from three months to about a year depending on the patient and their unique ability to heal. Implants are ideal for most patients of varying ages, so you’re never too young to consider implants to save your smile. It’s never too late to transform your smile using these implants either.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?
Most patients are good candidates for implant surgery. However, in order for implants to heal correctly, they need to have enough healthy and solid bone structure in the area they are being placed. If you’re suffering from bone loss, we may recommend having a bone graft done prior to any type of implant being placed. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery as well, and have the ability to heal from the procedure itself. To determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, x-rays and an exam will allow us to see if there is enough bone to work with when placing the implants and whether or not they will be able to integrate properly with the jawbone.
What to Expect with Implants
The procedure involves making an incision through the gums and then creating a smell tunnel-like space in the jawbone. The implant is placed into this area and will fuse with the bone in just a few short months. Once the implant has been given time to heal on their own, we can make a crown, bridge or overdenture that will fit securely over the implant. Your new implant can last for decades without needing additional work or care, which provides you with a full and healthy smile for life.
If you’re interested in learning more about implants and how they work, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.