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.
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.