Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They can also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these removable dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. A crown replaces the part of the tooth that you see. Although an implant is a prosthesis, it closely mimics a natural tooth. It replaces the function and aesthetics of the lost tooth.
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
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 speech and chewing.
- 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.
Digital images 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. This integration of the implant into the bone usually takes three to six months. You will be referred to a dental specialist for the surgical part of the implant procedure. All Smiles Dental Care works closely with dedicated dental specialists when needed to give you the best result possible.
Once the implant has integrated, it is ready to be restored at our office. An accurate impression will be taken so the crown intimately fits to the implant. This process usually takes two visits. Once the custom crown is ready, the crown or artificial tooth will be checked for fit, function and aesthetics. Then the crown can be securely attached to the implant. In most cases, the final dental implant and crown feels very much like your own tooth.
Dental implants cannot get cavities or decay, but are still susceptible to gum disease. You will receive detailed care instructions when your treatment is completed. It is very important to have good home care and see us for regular dental visits to 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.