What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant can help to replace missing teeth within the mouth. The majority of implants are made of titanium, making them a safe and long-term solution to many of your smile problems. Implants work on their own, so surrounding teeth do not have to be filed down or compromised in any way. Implants can be used to hold a fixed bridge, crown or even a complete overdenture in place.
Why would a Dental Implant be needed?
The reason you may need or even want an implant is because you’re looking for a relatively permanent solution to missing teeth. Implants will actually fuse with the bone once they’re placed, creating a secured anchor for just about any type of restoration to be placed on top. Most implants can last for decades without showing signs of any type of damage or wear. Single implants can be placed or multiple implants can be placed during the same appointment.
What makes you a candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for implants to work and heal properly, you need to have enough healthy bone in the area they’re going to be placed. The implant will fuse naturally with this bone over the course of a few short months. If you are missing bone, we might suggest that you have a bone graft done prior to surgery. This grafting material can build up the bone in the area where it is needed.
What happens during the Dental Implant surgery?
We administer local or general anesthesia per your request. From there, we will create an incision through the gums and slowly drill a tunnel-like canal into the bone. The implant is then placed into this canal and allowed to heal on its own. In a few months, the implant will actually bond with the bone around it and become secure and sturdy. We then have you come in to make a new crown, fixed bridge or overdenture that is used to place over the top of the new implant.
If you would like to learn more about implants and how they work, contact us now and we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.