Today’s modern dental implants are precision devices, available in several different designs to address your specific needs. The most common type is a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone where it serves as post for a custom-made tooth crown. Once the crown is in place, you may not be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth.
Titanium dental implants have been placed extensively since the 1970s. Titanium offers the benefit of being lightweight and strong, and is not rejected by the body (biocompatible). It is the most widely used metal in orthopedic joint replacement and dental implants. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
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 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. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. However, with some implants the post and anchor are affixed simultaneously.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. Finally, the artificial teeth are permanently attached to the implant, providing excellent stability, comfort, function and a natural aesthetic appearance to your smile.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will help prolong in the life of your new implant.
If you’re suffering from tooth loss, or want a more permanent solution to dentures, contact our team to arrange a consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.