What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that helps to replace areas of missing dentition within the mouth. Implants are most often made out of titanium, which makes them a solid and stable choice. They can easily last for decades without needing special treatment or care. You may want an implant to replace a single tooth, to keep a bridge in place or even to hold in a full denture.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
The most common reason for needing or wanting an implant is because you are missing a tooth. Rather than compromise your surrounding teeth or having to wear a partial denture, an implant is useful in that it works on its own. The implant acts both as the roots of a tooth as well as its upper crown. It is full and total tooth replacement in one convenient restoration.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
To determine if you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery, we will perform an examination. If you have severe bone loss, we may recommend other procedures before the actual implant is placed. Most of our patients who would like an implant can safely have the procedure done. It’s a great way to improve your smile while enhancing functionality.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
We begin by administering sedative of your choice, discussed during your consultation appointment. We then make a small incision through the gums and insert an implant deep into the bone. The gums may be sutured at this time to promote even, quick healing. Over the course of the next few months, the implant will naturally fuse with the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Once this occurs, the implant is stable and securely in place. We can then make restorations that will be placed over the top of the newly healed implant.
If you think you might need a dental implant or want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we can help to get you in for an appointment.