Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances as well.
Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon. The teeth attached to implants are made by the Restorative Dentist very natural looking enhancing and restoring a patient’s smile and function.
Dental implants are strong and stable. The crowns placed over the implants are strong and stable as well but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to four months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time. While the implant integrates to the bone you can wear a temporary tooth. There are many different kinds of temporary teeth you can wear. The selection of it would be determined by the particular conditions of each patient.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. This step may require several fitting appointments. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached 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.
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