Dental Implants

What's a Dental Implant?

Replacing missing teeth isn’t just beneficial to your confidence, but it can be advantageous in improving oral functioning and your ability to chew and eat. Implants work to replace one or several missing teeth at a time. They are placed securely in the bone of your jaw so that they can bond with your body in a few months. Once the implant has fused with surrounding bone, a crown, fixed bridge or prosthesis can be placed.

Why would Dental Implants be needed?

The reason implants may be necessary is because you are missing one or more of your natural teeth. Individuals who want to avoid compromising other teeth in order to place restorations are suitable candidates for the implant surgery. Implants are long-lasting, with the majority of these titanium posts lasting for two to three decades or longer. Once they’ve healed, they’re there to stay and won’t need any special care or maintenance.

Who's a candidate for Dental Implants?

Implants need healthy bone structure to bond naturally with your body. If you have bone loss in the jaw area, you might suggest that you have a simple bone graft done before the post of the implant can be placed. We will go over your health and medical history to determine if the procedure fits your needs. Most individuals who want implants can have the procedure done safely in our practice.

What can you expect when having Dental Implants placed?

We begin by taking x-rays and other images to create a special treatment plan. The surgery will involve making a tiny incision through the gum line and inserting the titanium post. The gums may receive sutures as needed and you’ll go home with aftercare post-op instructions on how to care for your healing implant. Implants generally fuse with the bone of the jaw in about six months. After this time, you can come back into our office for a bridge, crown or prosthesis made for it.

If you would like to know more about the dental implant process and procedure, call our practice today and we will help to answer any questions you might have.