If you’re missing one or more teeth, or maybe have a bridge or denture that’s inconvenient or troublesome, dental implants might be the ideal solution for you. These porcelain reconstructions are placed on a permanent post anchored into your jaw. They look and work just like real teeth! No one will be able to tell the difference, and they look like they’re coming up through the gum, just like all your other teeth.
Implants can also be used to anchor a bridge or denture, to make you more comfortable and keep them from sliding around and getting in the way. So if you’ve lost teeth because of trauma, illness, congenital defects, or decay, this solution might be right for you.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
If you’re looking for a stable, secure solution that preserves your facial structure and prevents bone loss, come in for a consultation today.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes four to six months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Major and Minor bone grafting
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is absorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there are poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.