What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dental implants dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to dental implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
► Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
► Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
► Restore a patient’s confident smile.
► Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
► Restore or enhance facial tissues.
► Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting dental implants requires a number of visits to the dental implants dentist over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for dental implants. While the area is numb, the dental implants will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of dental implants, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other dental implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the dental implants, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions from your dental implants dentist when your dental implants treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dental implants.