Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, whether as a non-removable fixed solution, or as an excellent support system for removable dentures. Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years. On occasion, implant screw may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Dental implants are tooth root substitutes made from bio-compatible titanium. They are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone and then a crown is attached to the implant for a very natural look to enhance a person’s smile and/or to restore dental function.
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 for improved self-esteem.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- Better oral health.
- Long-lasting results.
- Prevention of bone loss and gum recession.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires several visits over approximately 6 months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate with the bone for up to six months. After that, the implant is uncovered and a healing abutment is placed. A few weeks later the crown is made and securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.