Dental implants are an esthetically-pleasing, comfortable solution to missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the jaw that holds a replacement tooth or bridge in place. In addition to looking and feeling like natural teeth, implants are also a tooth-saving alternative to bridges because they do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. Implants are a less messy, less troublesome alternative to dentures as well because they are permanent fixtures in the mouth. However if you already have dentures, implants can be used to hold them in place, with no denture adhesive. Dr. Green and his staff work with each patient’s oral surgeon to carefully evaluate the condition of each patient’s bone contours so that a customized treatment plan may be created to meet that patient’s needs. Implant options vary from patient to patient but include full arch replacement, multiple teeth replacement, and single tooth replacement.
Reasons for dental implants:
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 it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
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 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 other implants the post and anchor are already 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 to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.