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What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is helpful in replacing one or more teeth that are completely missing. These implants are not removable and actually work with your body to provide firm and solid support for crowns, bridges and even full dentures. They are often made out of titanium, which is safely used during surgical procedures. Most implants can last for many decades without showing signs of wear.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
We often recommend dental implants to our patients who are missing teeth. Rather than have a bridge placed that requires surrounding teeth to be compromised or having to wear a partial denture, an implant is useful in providing a permanent solution to your smile-related problems. The implant post itself will osseointegrate, or fuse, with the bone in a few months. Once bonded, the implant is secure and solid for any type of dental restoration to be placed on top.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require that enough healthy, solid bone structure be in the area where the post is going to be placed. If you have issues with bone loss, we will recommend a bone grafting before placing the implant itself. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. We will examine your teeth and gums as well as take x-rays of your mouth prior to the procedure.
What happens during Dental Implant surgery?
The procedure begins by administering an anesthetic of your choosing. We can discuss your options with you during the consultation appointment. We then insert an implant post deep into the bone. It is given time to heal and you’ll come in regularly so that we can check on it. Within about six months, the implant will have fused with the surrounding bone. Once this happens, we can have restorations made for the implants themselves that are made specifically for your smile and mouth.
If you would like to learn more about implants and how they work, call our office today and we can get you in for an appointment.