Dental implants are typically used to replace one or more teeth within the mouth. Implants are secure and stable restorations, and they are used to hold onto other appliances such as crowns, bridges and overdentures. You can expect your new implant to last for decades without showing signs of wear. With the help of implant technology, you can avoid the trouble of compromising surrounding teeth or having to wear a partial denture.
Learning All About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small titanium metal rod that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. The procedure itself is easy and quick, and the recovery time for the new implant is minimal when compared to how long the implant will last. Once the implant is given a few months to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone, it’ll become a foundation for bridges, crowns and full overdentures.
What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Implants?
In order for a new implant to heal properly, it needs enough bone around it to osseointegrate. Osseointegration occurs when the implant fuses with bone, creating a secure and stable bond. If you’re missing bone, we will recommend that you have a bone grafting done. The bone grafting builds up the area of bone that is missing, providing a stable area for your new implants. We can determine the health of your bone and jaw with x-rays prior to having any type of implant placed. Keep in mind that the majority of patients who want or need implants can have the procedure done easily in our office with no consequences.
How the Procedure is Done
The procedure involves placing an implant into the jaw bone during oral surgery. The implant is then given a few months to heal. In most cases, the implant will heal in about three to six months, though this time will vary from one patient to another. You will then come back into the office to have a restoration made for the implant. This restoration, whether it is a crown or bridge, is what’s designed to fill in your smile. The beauty about implants is that they work independently, so no other tooth needs to be compromised just to be able to replace what you are currently missing.
For more information on dental implants, call our office today to speak with one of our highly trained staff members.