Dental implants are often made of titanium and are used to replace missing teeth. They can be utilized to replace just one missing tooth at a time as well as several in a row or an entire denture. Implants are considered permanent because they can last for 20 to 30 years without the need for repair or replacement. They are a more permanent option when compared to partial dentures and bridge work, since they do not require surrounding teeth to be compromised.
What are Dental Implants?
Titanium dental implants are surgically inserted deep into the bone of the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. They can even be used to keep a denture securely in place, eliminating the need for adhesives, gels and creams. Implants are ideal for most patients, as they do not require surrounding teeth to be compromised to make room for a fixed bridge. If you are missing a tooth that has fallen out on its own or has been extracted, implants are a long-term and highly reliable option for you.
How do Dental Implants work?
Dental implants rely on a process known as osseointegration to work successfully. This refers to the post of the implant bonding with the surrounding bone over the course of several months. For some, osseointegration can take as little as three months while others may find it takes their implant six to eight months to fuse with surrounding bone structure. Once the implant has been given time to bond with the bone and heal fully, a crown, bridge or denture can be placed on top of the appliance. If there is not enough bone structure for the implant to bond to, a bone graft may be needed prior to implant surgery.
What can be expected with the Dental Implant procedure?
The procedure involves making a small incision through the gums to gain access to the underlying bone. The post of the implant is then placed deep into the bone and the gums sutured to give them time to heal. You will come in for regular appointments to have the implants checked periodically while they are healing. Once they’ve healed fully and been given time to bond with surrounding bone, you’ll have another restoration made for you that will snap or twist onto the implant securely to keep it in place. Implants are a more reliable option for patients missing one or all of their teeth.