Are you missing one or more of your teeth and want a long-lasting permanent solution to replace them? If so, dental implants may be the answer! A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that can be placed into your jawbone, where it will fuse with bone tissue over time. The result is a natural-looking tooth replacement that looks just like your original teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial root that supports a prosthetic tooth without affecting adjacent teeth. It’s made from titanium and is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once it fuses with living bone tissue, it serves as a strong foundation for a new tooth.
You are an ideal candidate for implant surgery if:
There are many different types of restorative materials used in dental filling procedures, including gold, silver amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain. Each kind of dental filling material serves a specific purpose, depending on what type of tooth is affected and the extent of damage caused by dental caries.
The first step in getting dental implants is scheduling a consultation appointment with our oral surgeon. During this visit, we will examine your mouth and jaw health to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Once we determine that you are a good candidate, we will discuss treatment options with you.
We will then prepare your mouth by removing any decay or tartar buildup. Next, we will numb the area where the implants will be placed and insert the titanium post into your jawbone using special instruments. Finally, we will apply a healing abutment to each implant. After several months, we will remove the healing abutments and connect the new permanent teeth to the implants.
It takes about six months for the implants to heal completely before they become fully functional. During this time, you should avoid strenuous activities and limit your consumption of alcohol.
For patients who suffer from gum disease or an advanced stage of periodontal disease, soft tissue grafting or bone grafting may be necessary. Soft tissue grafting involves taking a piece of gingival tissue from another part of your mouth (usually the palate) and placing it over the affected areas of your gums. Bone graft procedure involves replacing the damaged bone with new bone. Both dental procedures can help you prepare for your implant placement.
Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced oral surgeons so we can help you achieve healthy, confident smiles. We will work closely with you to find the best treatment plan for your individual needs.