Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Implants bond to your natural teeth and become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns
Dental implants help to restore the beauty and function of your smile while ensuring a long-lasting and highly durable option. There are several different types of implants available, but the vast majority of them are made of titanium which has a high success rate of healing. It is important to come into the office to let our doctors to a thorough examination and series of x-rays to determine which type of implant is right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that will be surgically inserted underneath the gum line and into the bone. After several months, usually three to six, the titanium rod will fuse naturally with the bone, acting as a secured abutment for crowns, bridge work and even dentures and partials. For this reason, our doctors recommend implants to patients who want a more secure option for their dental needs.
What are same day Dental Implants/Restorations?
Same-day implants are ideal for patients who want to have the implant placed and the crown, bridge or prosthetic placed on the same day. This enables you to enjoy the beauty of a full smile without needing to wait months for the implant to fuse with the bone. Same-day implants are secure and safe, and they’re a viable option for many patients. As far as implant restoration, we are able to restore order to an implant that has either failed or has not fused properly. This will help your smile to be more uniform and even when the prosthetics are placed.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Implants are a good option for most patients, but a full examination as well as series of x-rays is needed to determine if you’re a viable candidate. Implants are relatively easy to place and while this is a type of oral surgery, it is done quickly and with minimal pain involved. Some of the best candidates for implants include:
- Patients who want a secure option for crowns and bridge work
- Patients who have dentures or partials and want a more secure fit
- Patients who have solid bone structure and aren’t suffering from bone loss or bone density problems
- Patients who are comfortable with having surgical procedures done in the office
- Patients who want to restore the beauty of their smile
What is the process for Dental Implants?
The process for receiving dental implants is a multi step process that can last from three to six months, depending on the person and the work that needs to be done. What will happen first, is a series of dental x-rays will be taken. Next, the dentist will use an anesthetic to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. Once the area is numb, we will begin by making a small incision into the gum line to reveal the jawbone below. Once the bone is exposed, a small hole will be drilled into the jaw for the placement of the implant using special instruments. The implant will now be inserted into the jawbone. The dentist will suture the site and the implant will now need to fuse to the bone. This part of the process takes the longest and can last anywhere from three to six months, in which time you will come back to the office so we can examine the healing process. Once the implant has fused to the bone and it is securely held in place, an abutment or crown will be added to the top of the implant. The crown acts as the natural tooth, allowing you to bite and talk as if it were your natural tooth. For same day implants, the procedure is almost the same, with a just a few changes. The dentist will go over the whole procedure with you in the office so you will know what to expect. With proper care and hygiene, a dental implant can last for many years.
If you need to have a dental implant placed, or would like to inquire more about this procedure, give our office a call and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.