Dental Implants

Dental implants are a solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually composed of titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone by a dentist or periodontist (a specialist of the gums and supporting bone). When attached, an implant will look and feel like a natural tooth and will enhance and restore your smile.

Dental implants are strong, stable, and durable. While they last many years, on occasion they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for dental implants include:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

Procedure

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. The area will be allowed to heal while the implant integrates onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With multiple implants, the post and anchor are attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant. To find out more about our implant services, give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, or to help you schedule an appointment today.