Replace One or Several Teeth All at Once
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth, made of an artificial titanium steel root and a permanent crown, bridge, or denture. Titanium is a hospital-grade material that fuses naturally with your bone structure, allowing dental implants to become even stronger than your natural teeth.
Patients choose implants when they are missing one or several teeth, and they can be used to support individual teeth or larger restorations like a 3 or 4 unit bridge, or even a full mouth denture. Every implant is securely held in place by the bone, the same way a natural tooth would be.
Benefits of Choosing Implants Over Other Types of Treatment
Selecting dental implants over other types of treatments like traditional bridges or dentures is a great way to practice minimally invasive dentistry. Because dental implants function as individual teeth, they prevent nearby teeth from being altered and thereby preserve tooth enamel. They can also hold bridges or dentures more securely in place than some traditional methods, allowing you to talk or eat without having to worry about your appliance staying in place.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Only your dentist can tell you whether or not you’ll be a candidate for dental implants. Every implant patient needs an adequate amount of healthy bone to help support his or her new tooth. If you have had severe bone loss, it may be necessary to place a bone graft prior to your implant being completed. Thankfully, many patients can have an implant without any type of pre-surgery treatments at all.
The Treatment Process
Getting an implant can take a short amount of time invested for the entire procedure to be completed start to finish. Once your titanium root is placed, a healing period is needed which allows your natural jawbone to form and bond to the titanium. This may take 3-6 months. After your root is completely fused with your bone, an abutment is placed on top of the root as well as a permanent crown (or bridge) cemented into place. The tooth is independent from other adjacent teeth, making it easy to care for, almost exactly the same way you would care for your natural teeth.