What is a dental implant?
Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements usually made of pure titanium that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Bone cells integrate between the bone and implant, stimulating bone growth and production. The advantages of choosing implants over other prosthetics include:
– reduced bone loss (due to successful bone growth and production)
– improved function and bitting pressure(when speaking and eating foods you wish to enjoy)
– comfort and fit (no slipping or sliding)
– longevity and reliability (with proper oral hygiene)
– increased self confidence
How do I know I am a good candidate for implants?
During your initial consultation our office professional look for the following characteristics:
- general good health
- healthy gums
- sufficient underlying jawbone to support the implants
- a good attitude to ensure that you follow through with proper oral hygiene habits
How does implant treatment work?
After your initial consultation, the doctor may take some digital x-rays and a special panorex x-ray to look at your jawbone. Once decided upon the doctor will design your treatment plan and present it to you for further discussion. The doctor or the treatment co ordinator will explain the surgical procedure and possible complications that may be associated.
During surgery the implant is placed into the jawbone, that will serve as the anchor for the post that will support the replacement teeth. Generally three to six months is given for the bone tissue to grow around the implant to hold them securely in place. Post surgical instructions are given at this time. You may be fitted with some temporary dentures or temporary teeth to help you function as normally as possible. Once the jawbone has healed a small post is attached to each implant. After your gums have healed, the replacement teeth that have been designed by your dentist are securely attached.