If you would like to replace a missing tooth, restore or enhance your smile, or if you are looking for an alternative to dentures, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you. Natural in appearance, and typically made from titanium, dental implants are strong, stable, and long lasting.
Why Dental Implants?
There are a number of reasons people get implants. Some of these reasons include:
Replacing a missing tooth or teeth
Preventing teeth from shifting
Helping resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by moving teeth
Restoring beautiful smiles
Improving chewing, speech, or digestion issues
Fixing, restoring, or enhancing facial tissue issues
Securing or supporting a bridge or dentures
What is the Process for Getting Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants requires multiple visits to your dentist or periodontist over a period of months. The steps involved to complete a dental implant include:
First, taking x-rays and molds. These give us critical information about your jaw bone, gums, and teeth spacing to help us properly and effectively insert and customize the implant.
When it is time to do the implant, we numb the area, and then surgically place the post the implant will ultimately reside on. At times, we also place a temporary implant here. It will take your mouth approximately six months to heal and for the implant to integrate into your mouth.
Once the healing and integration process is complete, the permanent and customized implant will be placed. Note: dependent upon the type of implant inserted, it is possible a second surgery may be required to completely secure it. Getting the perfect fit sometimes takes multiple fittings over a period of several months.
When you treatment is complete, we will provide you detailed instructions on how to care for your implant. Of course, brushing and flushing often, having healthy eating habits, and visiting your dentist regularly will help you stay healthy and ensure the longevity of your dental implant.
Please note: At times with wear and tear, some dental implants need to be adjusted or replaced.