When missing teeth, dental implants are used to replace missing roots in order to support an artificial tooth. They also provide a fixed solution to removable dentures. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone by a dentist or specialist. Very strong and durable, dental implants are often a long term solution but may have to be tightened or replaced due to normal wear. The resulting look is a natural looking smile!
Receiving dental implants will require multiple visits over several months. First X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine how the implant will fit. After numbing, the implant is surgically attached to the bone and left to heal anywhere up to 6 months. A second surgery may be required depending on your implant to attach the post for the artificial tooth. Often, the anchor and post are placed at the same time.
After healing, the artificial teeth made from your impressions will be fitted and placed on the surgical anchor. Multiple fittings may be required, taking anywhere from one to two months. After another healing process, the artificial teeth are securely attached.
Your dental implant will be comfortable and secure. Once your treatment is complete, you will receive proper care instructions. Just like your natural teeth, good oral hygiene and habits will prolong the life of healthy implants.
Did you know that periodontal, or gum, disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? Periodontal disease can include simple gum inflammation to serious damage to the teeth’s soft tissue and bone. When seriously inflamed, your gums may begin to separate from the teeth and create open space which may become infected.
Implants are made of titanium and other materials compatible with the human body, they can integrate with the bone to help keep your jawbone from further deteriorating.
Everyone’s teeth are different. Book a consultation to see if dental implants are the right choice for you. Get a long-lasting and natural solution for your smile!