What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed directly into one’s tooth root after a tooth has gone missing or has been extracted. They serve as a strong and lasting foundation beneath the gumline upon which a full set of permanent or removable prosthetic teeth, bridge or single tooth will be placed. There are a number of advantages to dental implants compared to other tooth replacement solutions, including the following:
Dental implants provide a foundation for custom prosthetic teeth that look and feel just like your natural teeth and are designed with your distinct smile, tooth coloration, shape and size in mind to give you a permanent, attractive and natural-looking smile.
Improved dental function
Dental implants provide a strong and stable foundation for your prosthetic teeth, allowing you to enjoy everyday functions, such as speaking, eating and smiling, easily and naturally once again.
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants require no special care, such as avoidance of certain foods, overnight soaking, constant fittings and adjustments, or the application of messy adhesives. They are a permanent, lasting tooth replacement solution and can be cared for just like your natural teeth.
Better oral health
In addition to enhancing one’s facial appearance and dental function, dental implants can actually stop the advancement of gum disease and tissue deterioration by stimulating the gum and bone tissue beneath the gumline.
With proper care, including daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist for exams and teeth cleanings, dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution that can last a lifetime.
The culmination of the benefits of dental implants – including the enhanced appearance, improved dental function, and better oral health – ultimately leads to a boost in self-esteem and confidence in one’s smile, appearance and overall health.
What is the process of getting dental implants?
The first step in getting qualified is to contact us for your initial consultation where we will go over your dental history, conduct a routine oral exam, and take 3D CT scans of your mouth to assess the progression of gum and bone loss and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Once this evaluation is complete and you are qualified as a candidate, we will schedule your surgery, where your dental implants will be surgically implanted directly into your gums and jawbone under a local anesthetic, then re-covered and left to heal.
Over the next few months, your implants will gradually fuse to the bone and gum tissue, providing a strong foundation upon which your permanent teeth will be placed. If the dental implants are placed in a visible location in one’s mouth, such as in the front, we will place a temporary prosthetic in place in the interim while your custom prosthetics are being created.
Once your implants have had sufficient time to bond with the gums and bone, your custom prosthetic teeth will be attached to your dental implants using a small abutment.
Upon placement you are ready to enjoy all the benefits of dental implants immediately.
Dental Implants are the ideal tooth replacement solution for those with missing or failing teeth. Whether you are in need of a single tooth replacement or a full set of teeth to be replaced, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with us.