You and Dental Implants
Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures.
Dentures often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.
Dental implants allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. You can even bite an apple! That’s how strong they are.
After getting dental implants, people get renewed self-confidence, are able to smile more, and are able to speak clearly and comfortably. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better, look better, and live better.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium metal posts that “fuse” to the jawbone over time and have an abutment and crown eventually placed over them. Implants and their corresponding components form a strong, long-lasting replacement tooth.
Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. Nowadays, implants are the right choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.
A dental implant is basically designed to replace any tooth in your mouth. It is composed of 3 parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is created and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
- A Good Reason. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
- Another Good Reason. There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
- Yet Another Good Reason. People that get dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after their dental treatment.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implant procedure is a surgical placement of the implant or implants in your jaw bone which requires a three to six month healing period before the implant restoration (abutment and crown) will be placed.
During this healing time, the bone grows in and around the titanium implant creating a very strong support (Osteointegration). After the implant has “taken” and you have sufficiently healed, then we “load it” and place an abutment and the final porcelain crown.
A false tooth temporarily takes the place of a missing tooth before the permanent crown is placed on the implant. They are meant to be a temporary solution while awaiting the permanent crown to be placed on your implant(s).
How Long Will They Last?
90% of modern dental implants last for at least 15 years.
Is It A Painful Procedure?
No pain is felt during the surgical procedure and local anesthesia is used as well. General anesthesia can be used upon request (extra price).
I Have Some Of My Own Teeth. Can I Still Have Implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.