Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a “fixed” solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants can also provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial “roots” (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone usually by an oral surgeon or periodontist. The crowns attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, 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 over several months
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 six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery usually is required in order to place a healing “abutment” on the implant.
After several weeks of healing, precise impressions are taken of the final abutment in place to allow fabrication of the crown. The crown is made and fitted to the abutment portion of the implant. Usually the abutment is secured with screw retention and the crown is cemented into place, 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.