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Dental implants are a great way to provide a conservative, long term solution to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace one tooth, more than one tooth or help support a denture or a partial denture.
A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth are made to fit the implant or implants. The idea is to provide an end result that restores the function and beauty of your smile.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be repaired or replaced due to normal wear.
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 a missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal for up to six months. We want your bone to grow around the implant. This is what holds the implant in place. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place a “post” that will hold the artificial tooth or denture in place.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth or dentures are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. Implants provide an excellent, conservative solution to replace teeth. Implants can dramatically improve the fit and function of dentures and partials.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.