Dental Implant Information
Dental implants are a way to replace missing teeth as a fixed solution to having dentures. They can also provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are replacements for the roots and teeth, made from titanium, that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone, where the tooth or teeth are missing. A crown or bridge is 3D printed and is attached to an implant or implants, once they have integrated in the jaw, which is very natural looking to restore a smile.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will likely last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be tightened or have the crown portion replaced due to wear and tear. Implants are predictable long term restorations for missing teeth, but it is important to know that they can fail, but thankfully it is rare.
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 smile
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
Restore or enhance facial tissues
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
The process of having dental implants placed
The procedure for getting implants requires multiple visits usually over a period of more than six months.
X-rays and imprints are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and space available for an implant. A computer scan of the quality and quantity of bone available is also ordered and assessed with software.
While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for up to six months. Once the dental implant is completely healed a series of imprints will be made, and a connector and crown will be placed on the dental implant.
Care instructions along with good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will assist in ensuring the durability of your new implant.