What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth within the mouth. For many patients, they are replacing just one missing tooth at a time with a single implant. For others, they might use their implants to keep a bridge in place or even to hold onto a full denture plate. Implants are long-term restorations that bond with your jawbone to stay firmly in place.
Why would Dental Implants be needed?
A dental implant might be needed if you are missing a tooth completely. Rather than wear a prosthetic appliance or have to compromise other teeth, an implant works independently. The implant itself will fuse with the underlying jawbone, becoming a critical part of your smile. The implant can then be used to hold onto restorations like bridges, crowns and denture plates.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
To be a good candidate for dental implant surgery, you need to have solid, healthy bone in the area where the implant will be placed. If you’re missing bone or have areas of bone loss that could affect the implant, we’ll recommend a bone grafting. Grafting is an easy way to add bone into an area where it is currently lacking. Once healed, your new implant will be able to bone successfully with the area.
What happens during the Dental Implant process?
The surgery begins with either a local or general anesthetic to fit your needs. We then work to make an incision through the gums and create a small canal into the jawbone. This canal is used to insert the implant into. The implant is then given several months to heal fully, where it undergoes a process known as osseointegration. Once the implant has successfully bonded with the surrounding bone, we’ll make a restoration for you to fill your smile. The process is incredibly quick, easy and is a permanent way to repair your smile.
If you think you’d benefit from a dental implant, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.