What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in the mouth. Implants are typically made of titanium, making them a safe option for oral surgery. Implants replace both the lower portion (roots) as well as the upper portion (crown) of a missing tooth. This means that they work independently, preventing any surrounding teeth from being compromised.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
The reason you may need a dental implant is because you are missing a tooth completely. The tooth might have fallen out due to decay or gum disease, or because it became severely damaged. When you’re missing a tooth, the surrounding teeth can begin to shift and you may find it difficult to eat and chew normally. By replacing the tooth with an implant, you’ll have a permanent solution to your smile woes.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for implants to heal properly, they need enough solid bone to fuse with over time. If you have inadequate bone in the area where the implant needs to be placed, we may suggest a bone graft to build up the area. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery when having implants placed. Most patients who need or want implants can safely have them placed in our office.
What happens during the Dental Implant process?
The procedure begins with either anesthetic or sedation of your choosing. We then create an incision through the gums to gain access to the bone underneath. We make a small tunnel-like hole through the bone and then insert the titanium implant. The implant will undergo a process known as osseointegration over the next few months. This process simply means that the implant’s post will bond with the bond to become a permanent part of your smile. Once healed, we can make a crown, bridge or overdenture to place over the newly healed implants.
If you are 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.