Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed (not coming in and out) solution to having dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for all kinds of dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. Teeth are then attached to the implant anchors which are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
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 spaces.
Restore a patient’s confidence with a new smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial structures.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a few visits over several 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 itself into the bone for up to six months. After healing, the abutment or “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place is placed onto the implant followed by the artificial teeth that are 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 and stability of your new implant.