Why Would Dental Implants Be Needed

Dental implants have been used for years to improve the look of patients’ smiles. They can replace one or more missing teeth and act as the foundation for restorations like crowns, bridges and full overdentures. Implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth without compromising any surrounding teeth. They work on their own, preventing the need for partial dentures or traditional bridge work.

What are Implants?

The majority of implants that are used are made of titanium. This improves their durability and allows them to withstand the daily force of chewing, grinding and eating. You can benefit from implants because they undergo a process known as osseointegration while they heal. This means that the implant will actually fuse with the surrounding bone to become a solid and integral part of your smile. Most implants can heal completely within three to six months.

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What Are Implants

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

In order for a new implant to heal properly, patients need healthy and solid bone in the area where the implant is going to be placed. Bone loss can occur as a result of extractions as well as gum disease. We can determine if you have gum disease with the help of an x-ray. If you have bone loss, we’ll recommend having a bone grafting done prior to having the implants placed. This will help to improve the chances of the implant healing and can provide it with a secure foundation to bond with over time. The vast majority of our patients who want or need implants can safely come into the office to have the surgery done.

What Can Be Expected During Surgery?

The surgery involves making an incision through the gums and then placing a titanium implant into the jawbone. You will then come in regularly so that we can check on the implant while it is healing. Once the implant has fused fully with the jawbone, we will be able to make a restoration that will be placed over top of it. This might be a single dental crown, larger bridge or even an overdenture that will stay in place by snapping onto the implants that you have had placed in our office.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they work, call the office today so that one of our friendly staff members can further assist you.

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to replace one or more teeth. They are often made of titanium and can be used to hold onto restorations like crowns, bridges and even complete overdentures. Implants can replace both the roots as well as the crown of a missing tooth. This prevents the need for a partial denture or bridge that would otherwise compromise surrounding teeth.

Understanding Implant Technology

Implants are often made of titanium, which ensures they can withstand the daily pressures of eating, chewing and grinding. They are surgically embedded into the jawbone, where they are given time to fuse and bond with the surrounding bone. This process takes roughly three to six months, though will vary from one patient to another. The implant will then act as a foundation for crowns, bridges and even complete overdentures that are kept in place by the implants themselves.

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Understanding Implant Technology

How Long Will New Implants Last?

The majority of dental implants can last for decades without needing any type of repairs or replacement. Many patients have implants that are 30 to 40 years without needing to get them replaced. This is because implants are embedded and fused with the underlying jawbone. The restoration that is placed on top of the implant will need to be replaced at some point, but the implant itself will remain strong and durable for years to come. This is why implants have become such a go-to option for patients wanting full and healthy-looking smiles.

What Can You Do to Maintain Your Implants?

The best way for you to maintain your new implants and smile is by practicing good oral hygiene. Bone loss can cause your implants to become loose or damaged. Because gum disease is a leading cause of bone loss, it is important to prevent the disease by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and making time for regular checkup visits. Facial trauma can also have an effect on your implants, so it is important to come in for care and treatment if you experience any type of injury to your face or mouth. Implants are a care-free restorative option that can do wonders for improving and filling in different areas of your smile.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your smile, call us today to speak with one of our professional team members.