Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that replicate tooth roots, placed and fused into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone then bonds with the titanium in a process called osseointegration.
In this way, implants create a solid base for the connecting abutment, which provides an anchor for the crown that completes the replacement tooth.
Dental implants can help preserve your facial structure, preventing any dental shifting and bone deterioration that can happen when teeth are missing. You can rediscover the comfort and joy of speaking, eating, and smiling normally again!
If you want to find out if implant dentistry is a viable choice for you, we can consult with you by taking some digital X-rays of your teeth and gums, as well as a full history of your dental and overall health.
Generally, a good candidate for dental implants will be in good health and has enough bone mass to support the implants, which is why we’ll need to take some X-ray images to make sure.
During these consultation visits, our dentists will go over all of your needs and concerns about the treatment process. Our team will also work very closely with you to make sure your procedure is a success.
The process for surgically placing dental implants takes two surgical procedures and a couple of additional appointments, typically over the course of a few months.
For the first procedure, the implants are placed in your jawbone by an oral surgeon. In the following three to six months after surgery, the implants will bond gradually with the jawbone, beneath the gumline. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet while you heal.
After the implant is fully bonded to the jawbone, you can come in for the second procedure. Here, the surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, we can take a dental impression of your teeth and start crafting the new replacement teeth.
We will connect the posts, or abutments, to the implants. The replacement teeth (dental crowns) are placed over the posts.
While the entire procedure usually takes about six to eight months, the process allows you heal fully in between procedures. It also helps ensure the success of your dental implants!
The procedure for implants may seem daunting, but really you shouldn’t experience much disruption to your daily life. And in the end, you’ll have a beautiful restoration that can last a lifetime with proper care!
Want to find out if you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants? Contact us today to get started with a consultation.