What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restorative option that helps to replace missing teeth. Many patients use implants to keep a denture plate in place, preventing the need for creams, gels, and adhesives. Dental implants rely on osseointegration to be successful. This process involves the implant’s post fusing naturally with the bone of the jaw.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
Dental implants are typically needed if a tooth is missing. You might have had the tooth extracted, or it might have fallen out on its own. Some patients benefit from implants, because they wear dentures and want to keep the appliance securely in place. Regardless of how dental implants are used, they are a permanent solution to your dental problems.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to place a dental implant, oral surgery is necessary. You must be healthy enough to have oral surgery performed, and have the ability to heal fully from the procedure once it’s complete. If there are areas of missing bone, a bone graft may be needed before implants can be placed. An exam, consultation, and review of your medical history can help in determining if implants are right for you.
What can be expected with the Dental Implant procedure?
You’ll come in for a consultation before your dental implant procedure. We will discuss your options and the type of sedation you’re looking for to ensure the surgery will be comfortable. Next, you’ll receive anesthetic or sedation of your choosing. A tiny incision is made through the gums so that we can gain access to the bone underneath. The implant’s post is inserted deep into this bone, and the gums are sutured. Over the course of a few months, the implant will completely bond with the existing bone in the area, and a dental crown can be made and placed on top of the newly healed implant. If you wear dentures, a new denture plate will need to be made to snap onto the implants.
If you think you might need a dental implant, or would like to learn more about this procedure, call our office today, and we’ll work to answer any of your questions.