What is a dental implant?

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants provide a great solution rather than having removable dentures. Dental implants also provide great stability and esthetic quality. The purpose of the implant is to serve as an artificial root and crown of the tooth. Made of titanium, it is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw. The teeth (crowns) attached to implants have a natural look and often enhance a patient’s smile.

As far as stability is concerned, implants are very strong and durable because they integrate into the natural bone of your jaw. They usually last many years, but on occasion will need to be re-tightened or replace due to normal wear.

What are reasons to get dental implants?
  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting nearby teeth
  • Resolve joint pain due to movement of adjacent teeth
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile
  • Restore normal functions of the mouth, i.e. chewing, speech, digestion
  • Restore or enhance facial tissue
  • Support a bridge or denture

What should I expect?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine the amount of bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for the implant. After the area has been numbed, the implant will be placed into the bone and allowed to heal in order to integrate itself onto the bone, usually for a period of 3-6 months.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings are sometimes required, this step may take a couple months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient. Our office will provide you with all necessary instructions when your treatment is complete. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your implant.