What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that can help to replace one or many missing teeth. The posts are made out of surgical-grade titanium, so it’s safely used in the body. The implant fuses with the natural bone of your jaw in a few short months. Once bonded fully, a crown, bridge or even a denture can be placed over the implant for a more aesthetically-appealing fit.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
Implants can be used for a variety of different reasons. For patients who are missing just one tooth, a single implant can be used in place of a bridge. The implant’s post acts like a natural tooth root so that it’s secure and durable. Multiple implants can be used to keep a bridge or even a denture in place.
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Who’s a good candidate for Dental Implants?
The procedure to place a dental implant requires oral surgery, so you should be healthy enough to both undergo the surgery itself while having the ability to heal from it after it’s been finished. We can determine if you’re a good candidate for an implant with an exam, consultation and series of x-rays. Most patients who want a dental implant can have the procedure done safely. Implants can last for about 20 to 30 years, so you’ll experience the benefits of a long-lasting restoration.
What can be expected with the Dental Implant procedure?
The procedure begins with a consult, exam and x-rays. We will discuss your sedation and anesthesia options so that the procedure is more comfortable for you. During surgery, we will create a small incision through the gums and place the actual implant. The gums are sutured and you’ll go home with aftercare instructions. Over the course of about six months, the implant bonds and fuses with the bone of the jaw. Once bonded, you’ll come back in for a crown, bridge or new denture to be made for the area.
If you need dental implants or want to know more about this treatment option, call our office today and we’ll be happy to further assist you.
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