Dental Implants

So you want Dental Implants?

Dental implants help to either replace missing teeth in your mouth or keep a denture firmly in place. Implants work independently, so there is no need to file down or compromise surrounding teeth as you might find with other procedures. The implant relies on a process that is known as osseointegration. This process involves the bone of your jaw bonding and mending with the implant itself.

What causes you to need Dental Implants?

Most often, patients will need a dental implant if they’re missing a permanent tooth. The only other ways to replace a missing tooth are to wear a partial denture or have a fixed bridge placed. Implants allow you to replace the tooth without compromising other teeth or having to wear a prosthetic. The surgery is done quickly and takes only months to fully osseointegrate.

What makes you eligible for Implant Surgery?

Implant surgery relies on osseointegration in order for them to be effective. If you do not have good bone mass in your jaw area, a bone grafting may be necessary before surgery. You should also have the ability to heal properly, so it’s important that patients do not have disorders or diseases that prevent their body from healing quickly. We will determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants with the help of an exam and x-rays.

What should you expect with Implant Surgery?

You will receive either local or general anesthetic depending on your needs. We will create a small incision in the gums and drill into the bone underneath. The implant is placed deep into the bone. The gum is sutured and you’ll be provided with aftercare instructions. You may need to come in several times over the course of about six months to ensure the implant is becoming osseointegrated with the rest of your jaw. A dental crown can then be made and placed on top of the healed implant.

If you are looking to have dental implants placed or want to know more about your options, call our office today and our staff members can help you.