Dental implants are an excellent way to assist replacement of missing teeth and oral structures and may also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide superior retention and stability for these dental prostheses.
Dental implants are artificial roots forms (titanium alloy) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very predictable, strong, stable, and durable and will last many years if planning for their placement is done with the knowledge and care of the appropriate clinician.
Indications for Dental Implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
Resolve joint pain or bite (occlusal) problems caused by limited number of teeth or by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
Restore a patient’s confident smile and self-esteem
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
Restore or enhance facial tissues
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What does Dental Implant Therapy involve?
The process involves many of the same treatment planning consideration we utilize with all rehabilitations.
X-rays (radiographs) and impressions (casts) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant(s). Guides are often fabricated to ensure ideal placement of the proposed implant site. While the area is numb (anesthetised), the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to several months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” (abutment) that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With some implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
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 satisfactory laboratory phase, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability, esthetics and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Proper oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implants.