Dental implants are an effective solutions to replace missing teeth due to disease, decay, or accidents. Dental implants are ideal for patients who are afraid to smile due to missing teeth, don’t like wearing dentures, or because you want to keep your surrounding teeth intact without the use of a dental bridge.
Implants are surgically placed into the lower or upper jawbone and replace the root of one or more missing teeth within the mouth. They can also be used to support dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
– Lightweight, strong, and durable
– Blend in seamlessly with natural teeth
– Supports artificial teeth and prevents denture slippage
– Some patients prefer the comfort of implants over dentures
– Can prevent shrinking jawbones
– Can last a lifetime if maintained properly
How the Procedure Works
Depending on the number of dental implants required by the procedure, the patient may opt to spread out the number of treatments over a longer period of time or receive all implants in one session.
First, your dentist will determine where the implant will be placed within your jawbone using X-ray photographs and other advanced visualization techniques. Dental implants are as viable and strong as they are due to a process called osseointegration, which means the implant integrates with the bone itself.
Once the implant is placed, temporary teeth are installed. Complete integration with the jawbone may take several months and permanent teeth cannot be placed until integration is complete and successful.