Restoring dental implants
Dental implants are small, metal anchors used to support artificial teeth in order to replace missing, natural teeth. However, a dental implant not only replaces a missing tooth; it also replaces the missing tooth’s root, making it one of the strongest, stable, long-termoptions for restoring your smile.
Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are first surgically placed into the jaw bone. The healing process after this procedure usually takes 6-8 months; during this time, the dental implant begins to fuse itself with your jaw bone. Once this takes place and your gums have healed, we will attach small titanium posts to the implant that will stick through the gums in order to hold the replacement tooth; typically, a dental crown is used as the replacement. Finally, the crown is fitted on top of the implant’s posts. The process for receiving dental implants may seem long, but many patients find that it is well worth the wait when you have a lifetime of smiles to look forward to.
In order for your dental implants to work successfully, you must have a healthy jawbone and immune system; your jawbone must be strong enough to support the dental implants, and your immune system must be healthy enough to aid in the healing process. Schedule an appointment with our office to determine if dental implants are the best treatment option for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improves your smile’s appearance by matching the shape and color of your natural teeth.
- Restores your ability to eat and speak normally.
- Dental implants prevent the deterioration of your jawbone and preserve your facial structure as a result.
- Dental implants are a more permanent option to replace missing teeth; they do not require replacement over time like bridges.