You’ve lost a tooth or maybe it was never there to begin with- it’s time to talk about implants! Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into bone beneath your gums to provide a stable support for a dental crown seated above the gums.
Missing teeth can impact your oral health, mental health, and overall well-being. With the help of dental implants, we can restore sites where you are missing teeth to achieve a strong, esthetically pleasing smile. It is important to replace missing teeth in order to prevent common health conditions associated with tooth loss, such as bone resorption and shifting of teeth. Dental implants look natural, feel natural, and can last 30+ years if cared for properly. After receiving implants, regular follow-up visits are very important.
You are a great candidate for dental implants if you are in good health, have healthy gums, have sufficient bone to anchor the implant, and are committed to regular hygiene visits at our office and a quality homecare regiment.
A single-tooth implant consists of one titanium post (the implant itself)
and one dental crown.
The dental implant process varies slightly depending on which type of
implant and restoration you receive, but treatment normally consists of
the same phases.
First, your implant restoration will be planned using x-rays
and photos of your mouth. Our doctors will determine the
perfect position for your dental implant.
During the placement process, your mouth will be numbed and
a small opening will be made in your gums to place the implant
in the proper position. The site is cleaned, bone graft is added to
the site if necessary, and the gums are sutured shut.
The healing process, termed osseointegration, typically takes about 3-6 months.
During this time, the implant will slowly integrate itself with the surrounding
bone and gum tissue in order to act as an artificial root.
Once the healing and osseointegration process is complete, a 3D scan will be taken and then our laboratory will fabricate your implant crown. At your next appointment, our doctors will then permanently attach your new crown to the implant. Dental x-rays will be taken to ensure a quality fit and that no micro-gaps are noted between the interface of the crown and implant.
Full-arch dental implants can restore your entire smile if you are missing all or most of your teeth. This can be achieved with a removable implant-supported denture or a permanent implant-supported prosthesis. Dentures and other prostheses mounted to dental implants won’t slip out or shift in your mouth, which will make you feel more comfortable and confident about eating and speaking.
This process looks different for every patient, depending on your needs. Interested in full-mouth rehabilitation? Contact our office to schedule an evaluation with one of our doctors!