Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a permanent solution to having removable partial plates or complete plates (dentures). Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial root replacements that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth, or missing teeth. Special implant surgical training is required to perform these procedures. Usually specialists such as Prosthodontists, Periodontists or Oral Surgeons are most qualified to do these implant procedures. It takes two to four months implant to become permanently anchored to the bone. The replacement teeth are then attached to implants and function in a manner almost identical to the natural teeth. These teeth are very natural looking and will enhance and restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Restore function: chewing and speech.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Support a bridge or a denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
The most commonly asked question is… “Doctor, how much is this going to hurt?”
Usually, the most uncomfortable part of the procedure is getting the Novacane (local anesthetic). The procedure itself is almost completely painless. Afterwards, there may be some soreness, tenderness, or discomfort for a short period of time, but rarely is there sifnificant pain.
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. If adequate supporting tissues are present, the area is numbed then the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for two to four months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time. If augmentation to the area is required, such as hard and soft tissue grafting, extra time may be required for healing prior to the placement of the implants.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
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.
Before & After