What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth with a titanium post. Dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once placed. Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, which are the foundation for having a crown, bridgework or dentures securely placed on top. Because they are made of titanium, they are very strong and durable.
When are they recommended?
Dental professionals may recommend a dental implant for people who are missing one or more teeth. Implants are also great for people who wear dentures and who need a more secure fit. However, certain factors come into play when it concerns the viability of a candidate wanting a dental implant. If the patient is older or has poor bone mass, implants may fail and cause further issues within the mouth. You need to have a full consultation appointment with the dental team to ensure that you are the right candidate for a dental implant to be placed.
The Dental Implant procedure
A dental implant procedure is performed in several stages and requires the jaw to have adequate healthy bone in order for the implant to hold. If your jawbone is too thin or soft there may not be enough bone to hold the implant and you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.
If you do need to receive bone graft, it may take several months for the bone graft to fuse to the jawbone and grow enough new bone to support the dental implant.
Once the bone graft has generated enough new bone to support the implant, the dental implant can be surgically placed. Our doctors will make an incision underneath the gum line and exposes the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. The post is then surgically placed, and the area receives sutures and you are instructed in aftercare handling of the new implant. After roughly three to six months, the new implant will have fused naturally with the bone. This creates a secure and stable abutment for a dental crown to be placed. You will then have impressions made for the new crown and will have it permanently cemented onto the implant itself.
Dental implants are ideal for creating that gorgeous, full smile that you want without the need for partial dentures or bridge work. The dentist can discuss all your options regarding dental implants and what you will expect when you choose to have the procedure done in the office.
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