If you are tired of wearing dentures, or are missing multiple teeth, dental implants are a long term solution to help fill the gaps in your smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically anchored into your jaw bone. Once the titanium root is placed into your bone, your dentist will allow for the tissue and bone to fuse and heal around the implant.
After the healing process is complete and you're ready to restore your tooth, a custom-made core and tooth can be attached to that titanium base.
How long does the implant process take?
The entire process usually takes about two to nine months however, each patient heals differently. The fitting and adjustment of replacement teeth typically takes no longer than two months.
Once the implant has healed or "fused" to your bone, your dentist can create a replacement restoration that is attached to your implant that acts and looks like your natural tooth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants rely on adequate bone structure to enable the titanium root to fuse.
Your dentist will complete a medical history, exam, and take x-rays to check your bone structure and the overall health of your teeth and gums to determine if you are a candidate. If you grind your teeth or suffer from diabetes, success rates may decrease.
If you do not have adequate bone structure to support an implant, bone grafting may be recommended before your implant procedure can take place.
Dental Implant Benefits
- Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth
- Can making talking easier (no loose fitting dentures)
- Improved comfort & function
- Improved oral health
- Reduced bone loss
- Durability & Convenience