Whether for one tooth or for several, dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for dental appliances used to complete your smile!
How Do Implants Work?
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist. Teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Why Do Patients Get Dental Implants?
- Restore a patient’s smile.
- Replace one or more missing teeth – without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into a missing tooth’s space.
- Support a bridge or denture – making it more secure and comfortable.
- Restore proper chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
What does getting dental implants involve?
While having implants is largely worry-free, the process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Initially, x-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. The dentist will numb the area, and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months.
Depending on the type of implant, a second visit may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. After several weeks – allowing the area to heal – the artificial tooth – or teeth – are made and perfectly fitted to the post.
Because several fittings may be required, this step could take one to two months to fully complete. But after a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient!