What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant helps to replace a missing tooth in the mouth without the need to compromise or damage another tooth. Implants are often made of titanium, so they’re safely used in surgical procedures. Most implants can last easily for a few decades without showing signs of disrepair or damage. These implants can hold crowns, bridges and even full denture plates because they act like the roots of your natural teeth.
Why is a Dental Implant needed?
The most common reason for needing an implant is because you’re missing a tooth. Single implants are easy to place and don’t require a surrounding tooth to be filed down to accommodate a bridge. You can even have implants placed if you need a bridge placed or have an ill-fitting denture. Implants are incredibly durable and long-lasting, so they’re a great way to enhance your smile.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Implant?
We can perform an exam to determine if you’ll need an implant as well as the best way to place one. If you have poor bone density or have bone loss in and around the jaw area, we may suggest a bone grafting before the actual procedure. However, most people who want an implant can have the procedure safely done in our office. You will love the technology behind implants and how well they work to improve your smile.
What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?
During the consultation appointment, we’ll discuss the different sedatives that can be used to make your appointment more comfortable. We will then administer these sedatives before beginning implant surgery. The procedure involves making a small incision through the gums and then placing the titanium rod deep into the bone of the jaw. Once this is done, we’ll place sutures as needed and send you home with aftercare instructions. You will come in routinely for the implant to be checked and once it’s been given time to fuse with the underlying bone, a crown, bridge or brand new denture can be made for the restoration.
If you think you might need an implant and want to experience the personable difference of coming into our office with low wait times, call us today and we can help to answer all of your questions.