Who Can Benefit from Dental Implants?
Dental implants have been used for decades to replace one or more missing teeth with great success, sometimes in combination with bridgework or dentures, to give you a similar look, feel, fit, and function as your natural teeth.
A dental implant comprises an artificial root (titanium post) made from biocompatible material that is surgically placed into your jawbone for it to fuse with the underlying jawbone to provide stable support for the replacement tooth (crown) mounted on it. Through osseointegration, the bone grows around the titanium post implant and merges with it. This results in an extremely strong replacement tooth.
Dental implants can also be used to:
- Fill gaps in your mouth after tooth removal to prevent remaining teeth from shifting
- Restore your speech, chewing, and digestion ability
- Restore your smile
- Restore or enhance your facial features
- Support a denture or bridge for added comfort
- Resolve bite problems or joint pain due to shifting teeth
The Process of Getting Dental Implants
Most patients with healthy gum and bone tissue are good candidates for dental implants. The treatment usually requires multiple visits to the dentist over a period of several months as follows:
First visit: Consultation to determine your suitability for dental implants and tooth/teeth extraction
Second visit: Surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. Following the procedure, you should change your diet to soft and cold foods and warm soup to facilitate healing. Healing takes about 4 months.
Third visit: Placement of the artificial tooth or teeth onto the implant. During the healing process, your dentist will customize a new tooth or crown based on the size, shape, fit, and shade of adjacent teeth to give you a uniform smile. When replacing multiple teeth, one implant may be used to support a bridge or dentures.
Get Your Custom Dental Implant Treatment Today
If you’re looking for a permanent, long-term tooth replacement option, please visit your dentist today to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants, and to discuss other treatments that may be necessary for your case.