Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots. The teeth restoration, such as a crown or bridge, is then attached to the implant to restore your smile.
While we often think of missing teeth as something that happens due to an accident or tooth decay, some patients simply have too little bone in their jaw to support an implant. In these cases, we offer bone grafting procedures to build up the bone so we can then place implants and restore the teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today!
Are implants right for me?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option, but they are only recommended in healthy patients who are free of gum disease and cavities. If your gums and bone structure are strong and healthy, you may be a good candidate for dental implants.
During your consultation at our practice, we will give you a thorough oral exam to determine if dental implants are right for you. If you are a candidate for the procedure, he will work closely with a trusted local specialist who will place the implant post in your jaw. When healed, we will attach your custom restoration to the implant post to complete your smile.
Are dental implants permanent?
Yes! Once they are surgically placed, they will fuse with the bone of your jaw through a process called osseointegration. Osseointegrated implants are able to prevent bone loss in the jaw just like a natural tooth root. This means that they can be used as a long-term solution to tooth loss. However, just as with natural teeth, they can be lost due to an accident or decay. This is why it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.
Dental implant placement procedure
Your dentist will numb the surgical area before placing the dental implant post, which will serve as the anchor for your new tooth. This post will be placed into the jawbone and left to heal and integrate into the bone for several months. During this time, your dentist may give you a temporary crown to wear until your permanent smile restoration is ready. Once your final restoration is placed, you’ll be able to resume normal functions like eating and speaking again!
Are you interested in learning more? Call our office today to schedule a consultation.