Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth.  Implants may help stabilize an existing partial or complete denture or offer a fixed alternative to these types of dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon – a specialist of the mouth and bones of the face. The teeth attached to 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.

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 implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, and the patient may or may not be asleep, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for a period ranging from 6 weeks up to 6 months.

After several weeks to months of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the root portion of the implant. 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 implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

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