A great way to replace missing teeth, dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually made of titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone by a dentist or periodontist. For many people, depending upon the state of their dental health, implants also provide a fixed alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures. This technique provides excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
What are the reasons for having dental implants?
Dental implants replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. Implants can resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space. They can restore or improve your ability to chew, speak, and digest your food. An implant supporting a bridge or denture makes them more secure and comfortable to wear.
What is involved in getting dental implants?
A number of office visits over several months is required. After you have x-rays and molds that allow our dentists to determine your exact needs, they will surgically place the implant into the bone. It can take up to six months for healing and integration. After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort for the patient. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the longevity of your new implant.