For patients who are missing their own natural teeth, it can be difficult to find a solution that is long-lasting and durable. Implants have quickly become the go-to option for patients worldwide. These small titanium rods work to replace missing teeth without compromising surrounding dentition. Your new implants can last for decades without needing to be repaired or replaced.
What to Know About Dental Implants
Your implant will work naturally with your body to replace missing teeth within the mouth. Once the implant is embedded into the jawbone during surgery, it will osseointegrate (fuse) with the surrounding bone. This process can take anywhere from about three to nine months depending on your ability to heal. Once the implant has been given enough time to heal, a new restoration can be made to be placed over the top of it. These restorations can include a single crown, multi fixed bridge or even an overdenture plate.
What Makes You a Good Candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for implants. The procedure to place them takes just about an hour or so, and the implant itself will be fully healed in just months. However, in order for the dental implants to heal properly, you need to have enough healthy, solid bone structure in the area where it is going to be placed. If you have bone loss, we might recommend that you have a bone grafting done. The bone grafting is a simple procedure that simply adds bone material to the area where it is currently missing. You should be healthy enough to both undergo the surgery itself as well as heal from it afterwards.
What to Expect During Treatment
The procedure involves creating an incision into the gums and then placing the implant’s post deep into the jawbone. The surgery itself takes about an hour, though this may vary depending on the amount of implants you’re going to have placed. You will need to give the new implants a few months to fully heal. Once the implant has healed on its own, we can make another restoration, like a crown or bridge, that will be able to sit over the very top of the implant. Your smile is restored and you can feel confident in your new appearance.
If you would like to find out more about how dental implants work, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.