If you have missing teeth and are in need of a permanent solution to restore your smile, dental implants may be a good choice.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent restorations for missing teeth, and they replace the root of the tooth in order to support a denture, bridge, or a crown. They fuse to your jawbone and look so natural that they are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dental implants can be used in a variety of situations:
- Replace a missing tooth
- Anchor a dental bridge or denture
- Replace several missing teeth
- Maintain the jaw bone
- Provide natural esthetics and function
Are You a Candidate?
Dental implants work for many people, but an ideal candidate will exhibit the following characteristics:
- A commitment to good oral hygiene
- Adequate bone dentistry in order to support an implant
- Healthy gums and teeth
- Nonsmokers, or a willingness to stop smoking throughout the implant process
The right dental candidate will also understand that the entire process can take anywhere from 4-12 months. You’ll need to commit this time in order to fully recover and restore your smile.
What Happens during the Procedure?
The dental implant procedure will require at least two appointments. During your first visit the titanium implant will be placed into your jawbone. You’ll then be sent home until the bone has fully integrated around it, typically 4-6 months. A temporary crown may be used until your final restoration takes place.
At your follow-up appointment, a porcelain crown, bridge, or denture will be cemented to the abutment. This will provide you with a replacement tooth that looks and feels just like your natural teeth, and it will be much stronger than traditional restorations.
If you are interested in dental implants and want to learn more, contact our office today to set up an appointment.