More patients are realizing the advantages of having their missing teeth replaced by dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and enhance a patient’s smile and tooth function.
Why replace missing teeth with implants?
Dental implants are essentially a substitute for a natural tooth. They are very strong, stable and durable.
Implants are used to:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth.
- Restore chewing, speech and digestion.
- Stop the shifting of adjacent teeth into a missing tooth space.
- Support a bridge or denture making them more stable and comfortable.
What is the process?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Initially it is required to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for an implant through impressions, x-rays or a cone CT scan.
Once treatment planning is complete and we know the dimensions in which to place the implant we are able to start treatment. The patient is given local anesthetic and while the area is numb the implant will be placed into the bone and allowed to heal for up to 6 months.
After several months impressions are taken for the post and crown portion of the implant. Once these have been constructed they are attached directly 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.