Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth and also provide a permanent solution to partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are known for their excellent support and strength.
To insert dental implants a dentist or periodontist (gum specialist) surgically places artificial roots and teeth into the upper or lower jawbone. These roots and teeth are usually made out of titanium. The result is a very natural-looking smile!
Dental implants are very durable and can last many years. They may have to be tightened or replaced occasionally due to normal wear.
In order to receive dental implants, you must complete a several dental visits over a period of a few months.
Your dentist will take an x-ray and an impression or mold of your teeth and jaws. This will help determine the location of your bones and gum tissue so proper spacing can be determined. You will be placed under local anesthesia and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone. Over a period of about six months, the implant will conform to the shape of the bone. Some implant surgeries require a second surgery to insert a “post” that will hold the implant in place. Other surgeries combine these two procedures.
After a healing period of several weeks, the artificial teeth are attached to the post portion of the anchor. This step may take several months to complete, as several fittings may be required. After another healing period, the artificial teeth are attached to the implant, ensuring a secure, stable and comfortable result.
When your treatment is finished, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. As with all oral health, good habits at home and regular dental visits will contribute to a long life for your dental implants. For any questions you might have about dental implants, read our FAQs or Facts. If you feel you are a candidate, contact our dental office today.