What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often made of surgical-safe titanium, and are used to replace missing teeth. Implants work with your body and naturally fuse with underlying bone after being placed. They can then hold onto crowns, fixed bridges, and dentures to keep these restorations in place. Implants can last for many decades before they may need to be repaired or replaced.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
Dental implants are often needed if you’re completely missing one or more of your teeth. Implants can be used to hold onto single crowns, to replace just one missing tooth at a time, in addition to being able to hold onto bridges and even dentures. For bridges and dentures, multiple implants will need to be placed, allowing you to benefit from a secure-fitting appliance and restorative option.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for implants to work for you, you should have enough healthy bone structure so that the post can fuse naturally over the course of a few months. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and be able to heal from the procedure afterwards. We can perform an exam to determine if you would benefit from, or need, an implant. Most people who want implants can safely have the procedure done in our office.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
We first consult with you to determine the anesthetic or sedation you’d like to use during the surgery. We administer this sedation, and then begin work to place the implant. The implant’s post is inserted deep into the bone, and the gums may be sutured as needed. Over the course of a few months, the implant will bond with surrounding bone. Once healed, you can come back in to have a new crown, fixed bridge, or denture made just for your new implants. Restoring your smile is quick and easy when utilizing implant technology.
If you would like to come into our office for a consultation regarding dental implants, call us today and we can help answer all of your questions.