The Facts About Dental Implants
Dental implants are the permanent way to replace missing teeth, with a look and feel that’s very close to your natural teeth. Implants are metal posts or frames surgically placed into the bone beneath your gums. The implants fuse with the jawbone providing stable support to artificial teeth, preventing individual teeth, bridges or dentures from shifting in your mouth. They are a high-tech way to replace missing teeth, and offer more stability than traditional bridgework since they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Implant Supported Teeth:
- Allow you to speak, smile and eat with confidence
- Are comfortable and stay in place
- Function, look and feel like natural teeth
- Do not need adjacent teeth for support
What Happens During Treatment?
Implant treatment is usually performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist. To devise the best treatment plan for you, we first complete a medical and dental history and a thorough oral examination with x-rays.
A specialist surgically places the implant in the jaw with the top of the implant just above the top of the bone. Three to six months is allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implant and hold them securely in place. At this time, you may be fitted with temporary dentures or natural looking teeth to help you function as normally as possible. You will need to follow important dietary and oral hygiene instructions.
Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gum line and serves as an anchor to the replacement tooth. After your gums have fully healed, the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.
What are the Benefits to Dental Implants?
Because dental implants are designed to fit the structure of your natural teeth, they provide a highly stable support to:
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
Other benefits include:
- Increased self-confidence. Because dental implants function like natural teeth, your confidence will be renewed.
- Improved biting pressure. Healthy teeth are able to absorb over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch. Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood compared to the same level of healthy natural teeth.
- Comfortable and tooth-saving. Because your replacement teeth are securely anchored to your jawbone, they can’t slip or slide like unsecured dentures can. Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth, so more of your own teeth are left untouched.
- Longevity and reliability. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Because implants integrate into the structure of your jawbone, they can help prevent bone loss and gum recession. With proper oral care and regular dental visits, implants can last a lifetime.