What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are specifically designed to completely replace a missing tooth. When a tooth has fallen out or been removed, you are left with a space that may cause you to feel negatively about your appearance. In the past, your two options for replacing a missing tooth were with a bridge or partial denture. Dental implants are surgically placed underneath the gum line, and are completely permanent, so you can experience the benefits of a comfortable, long-lasting dental restoration.
Why might you need a Dental Implant?
The most common reason for needing a dental implant is to replace a missing tooth. Implants do not require drilling or filing of surrounding teeth, so you can retain the integrity of your natural smile. Additionally, many patients choose implants because they wear dentures and want a more secured fit. Implant-supported dentures keep your plates in place all throughout the day, without the need for gels, liquids, or adhesives.
What makes you a candidate for the Dental Implant procedure?
Dental implants are surgically placed underneath the gums and into the bone. Because of this, viable candidates need to have solid bone mass and the ability to heal fully and properly. Patients with auto immune diseases, or those with poor bone density may not be eligible for the procedure. One of the only ways to tell if implants are a good option for you is through a consultation, examination, and series of x-rays.
What can you expect during the Dental Implant surgery?
Dental implant surgery is less invasive than many people think. First, the area will receive anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable throughout the duration. A small incision is made into the gums, and the implant placed. The incision is sutured, and a retainer may be used to keep the implant securely in place. The implant takes anywhere from three to five months to heal, during which it will fuse with the bone of your jaw. Once healed, you’ll come back into the office to have a crown made and placed on top of the implant. Implants are designed to last a lifetime due to the strength and durability of the titanium used.
If you would like to have an implant placed, contact our office and one of our staff members will be more than happy to schedule an appointment for you.