An Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
The science behind this technology is the same as used by Orthopedic Surgeons in the replacement of knees and other joints.
Dental implants are more tooth-saving than traditional dental bridgework, because implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
When a tooth is lost the teeth shift, bone absorbs, and your bite changes causing TMJ–unless a dental implant is used to replace the missing tooth. The implant will feel and function like a natural tooth. You will feel younger. It will restore your confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures.
The procedure usually takes a few appointments and a little waiting period to allow the implant to be integrated into the jawbone. Under proper conditions and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
What can dental implants do?
- Dental implants can replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
- Dental Implants can eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Dental implants can provide support for a denture, making it secure and comfortable.
- Dental implants can last a life time.
Dental Implant Treatment Process
The implant is inserted into the bone with minimal drilling. The gums will grow over the surgery site in about 14 days.
It takes approximately two (2) to six (6) months of healing for the bone around the implant to be strong enough to support a tooth.
While the bone is healing, a removable temporary single-tooth denture is worn for proper function & aesthetics during the implant healing phase.
The implant is uncovered with a laser. A bio-compatible titanium abutment is inserted into the implant. An impression is taken. It is sent to a lab for fabrication of an IPS e-max crown.
The implant supported crown will feel and function like a natural tooth.