What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are able to replace missing teeth and even keep a denture more securely in place. These permanent restorations are carefully inserted deep into the bone, where they undergo a process that is known as osseointegration. This simply means that the titanium implant post will bond and fuse with surrounding bone. This creates a firm, solid and highly reliable restorative option for bridges, crowns and dentures.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
Dental implants do not require any surrounding teeth to be compromised. They can be used to replace single teeth as well as secure a fixed dental bridge. As few as four implants that are strategically placed can hold your denture plate in place, eliminating the need for gels, creams and adhesives. Implants are permanent in nature, so they should never need repair or replacement.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Implants?
To place one or more dental implants, a small incision is made through the gums and healthy bone is utilized to secure the post. If you have bone loss issues, a bone graft may be required before implants can be placed. If you have a medical condition that may affect your ability to heal from the procedure, implants may not be the right choice for you. We can determine if you’re a good candidate for implants with a consultation and thorough overview of your health history.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
During the consultation, we will discuss sedation options for when you undergo surgery. At the time of your appointment, the anesthetic or sedative of your choice is administered. The gums will receive a small incision and the post of the implant is placed deep into the underlying bone. The gums are then sutured and you’ll be instructed on how to maintain the surgical site at home. Most implants bond with surrounding bone in about three to six months and at that time, you’ll have a new crown, bridge or denture made specifically for these restorations.
If you are interested in dental implants and would like to come in for a consultation, call us today and we will work to answer all of your questions.