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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by the Dentist  The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking, restoring and often enhancing a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they may have to be re-tightened or replaced .

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Today,some implants can have a temporary crown placed  immediately. Depending on the type of implant, a second procedure may be required in order to place the implant abutment or “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. 

After a period of healing the artificial teeth (crowns/ caps) are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete, but is usually about two weeks.  After cementing, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability, function, and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

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