Dental Implants - The Treatment & Process
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth.
Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their smile.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. There are determining factors if you are considering implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you, so contact us for an appointment today.
To find out if you are a suitable candidate to receive dental implants schedule your consultation with our practice today.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Steps involved in mounting dental implants:
Posts are surgically placed below the gums.
Artificial teeth, grouped on a bridge, are mounted to the posts.
Implants offer a very stable and secure fit.
Implants serve as a base for single replacement teeth.