What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that helps to replace areas of missing dentition in the mouth. They’re ideal for people who have lost just one tooth and need to replace what’s missing as well as individuals who wear dentures or need more support for a fixed bridge. Implants can easily last for two or three decades, and it’s not uncommon for some patients to have implants for even longer. They are safe and the procedure is relatively quick in comparison to how long they’ll last.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
The most common reason for needing an implant is because you’re currently missing one or more teeth. The implant will replace what’s missing by acting like an actual tooth root. It fuses with the bone after it’s been placed, and it will remain securely in place for years. Once it’s fused, we will create a restoration for the top of it, whether this be a bridge, crown or denture appliance.
Who’s a candidate for the Implant procedure?
The implant procedure is incredibly beneficial for most patients. If you have bone loss problems in or around the jaw area, you might need a bone graft before the actual surgery is done. This helps to provide the implant with a more secured foundation so that it does not become loose. By conducting an examination, we can help in determining if and when you might need an implant.
What happens during the Implant surgery?
We might recommend general sedation if more than one implant has to be placed. We begin by creating a small cut through the gums. We then place the implant deep into the bone of the jaw and allow it to heal. Most implants heal in under nine months, and this healing process is defined as the post actually fusing with the surrounding bone. Once this has occurred, you’ll have a restoration made for the area and will benefit from a full, healthy smile.
If you need or want to have dental implants placed, call us now and we’ll be happy to further answer your questions.