Our dental office sees many patients who benefit from dental implants. Whether they have lost teeth because of accidents or extractions, these patients are thrilled to have a permanent replacement for their missing teeth.
While it is common to think of dental implants as a purely cosmetic procedure, there are benefits to your overall dental health provided by implants.
- A better replacement option- Before dental implants, bridges were the most common tooth replacement method. While bridges are still useful, implants are superior because other teeth do not need to be altered to help secure a bridge.
- Prevent bone loss- Once you have lost a permanent tooth, your body sends signals that the space the tooth occupied is no longer useful. With no root present, your body allows the jaw to disintegrate slowly. This bone loss is unhealthy and unsightly. When our dentist places an implant in your mouth, the body senses its presence and believes the jaw bone is still essential because it is holding a tooth.
The system of getting dental implants is straightforward, but it requires several months from start to finish. You receive a local anesthetic to prevent pain, and the procedure takes place in our office. Our dentist can do several implants at one time, reducing the total time spent getting your new teeth.
The implant process begins when our dentist makes a small incision in your gum and inserts a screw into your jawbone. The dentist stitches the incision with a dissolvable material, and your gum’s healing begins.
While each patient heals at their own pace, we find that most of our patient's gums are ready somewhere between three and six months. This time is essential to the implant’s success. While your jaw is mending, an activity called osseointegration happens. This term means that your jaw bone forms around the screw and it provides a stable base for the next phase of treatment. If you like, our dentist can place temporary crowns over the empty areas in your mouth during the healing process. Some patients request this for aesthetic reasons. The temporary crowns also make many patients more comfortable while eating and talking.
In the second phase of the implant process, our dentist places an abutment on the implanted screw. This is the base of your new tooth. The next step is making an impression of the abutment to help make sure the permanent crown fits perfectly. Placing the permanent crown is our final step.
Please contact our office if you would like to learn more about how dental implants can help you.
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