Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants can also provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Reasons for dental implants:
What does getting dental implants involve?
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 it more secure and comfortable.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays 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 itself for up to six months. The implant, which looks like a screw, will eventually become the anchor for the crown (artificial tooth). A second surgery may be required in order to expose the implant and attach a metal cover called a temporary healing abutment(THA). After several weeks , the THA is removed and a metal post called a final abutment is placed by the periodontist or general dentist to complete the foundation on which the general dentist can build a crown.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.