What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a base placed in the jaw to hold a new, prosthetic tooth. Dental implants are placed in the mouth to securely hold the new tooth in place. Compare this process to having a denture or bridge made. They tend to move around in the mouth, while a dental implant stays in place and functions and looks just like a new tooth.
Why Have a Dental Implant Placed?
People who need teeth replaced sometimes find dentures and bridges uncomfortable. Plus, if you have a bridge made, the neighboring teeth need to be ground down or otherwise altered to wear the bridge appropriately. Dental implants allow as few as one tooth or as many as a mouth full of teeth to be permanently placed in your mouth. Having dental implants placed requires you to have healthy gums along with enough remaining bone left in the jaw to support the replacement implant.
Our oral surgeons are highly trained and have experience in placing dental implants. They are up-to-date on the latest methods of replacing both the roots and tooth, which also allows for preventing the deterioration of the jaw, too. We will do a thorough examination and devise the right treatment to provide you with a custom dental implant to suit your personal needs.
Are You an Implant Candidate?
If you’ve recently lost a tooth, your jaw will probably be in good condition and readily accept a prosthetic tooth. Even if you have a jaw bone that has deteriorated over time, our highly skilled doctors may be able to rebuild the amount of bone in your jaw using a bone graft or a sinus lift and still implant a tooth or teeth where needed. After meeting you and doing an examination, we will be able to tell you more about your options for replacing teeth.
What Happens During a Dental Implant?
There are various types of dental implant procedures. In many cases the procedure includes two basic steps. In the first step, the dental implant, which looks somewhat like a screw, is placed into the jawbone surgically. It takes several months to heal and grow into the jaw, so the jaw supports it like the roots of a natural tooth. After this healing period, a prosthetic tooth is placed on the implanted screw, and you’ll look like you have a new tooth where once only a hole was before.
Another type of dental implant procedure uses only one appointment. The screw or post is placed into the mouth. Because this procedure uses a larger post, the new prosthetic tooth can be placed on the post right away or may need to be placed later without surgery. The amount of time it takes to complete a dental implant will be discussed by you and your doctor. He will keep you informed about your treatment plan and fully explain the procedure to you, so you will be a well-informed patient.
Here at our practice we have onsite, highly trained anesthesiologists who can keep your implant procedure virtually pain free. Also, we offer deeper sedation levels to keep you a little more relaxed as our doctors give you a new complete smile.
The Benefits of Getting Implants at Our Practice
Our doctors are highly trained, certified and skilled experts in dental implants and periodontal dentistry. They remain up-to-date on the latest in procedures to make sure that their patients have the highest quality of treatment available. Your new implant will never slip or get lost because it remains a permanent fixture in your mouth. Another benefit of having dental implants placed is that they keep your jaw bone from disintegrating and prevent bone loss in your jaw. Please contact us for more information on whether a dental implant a good investment to make in your smile.