Dental implants are used to restore lost teeth; they fit and look so natural that you will forget your dental restorations are not your biological teeth. And the advantages over other methods of dental prosthetics are plentiful.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. To qualify for the implant process, a review of the patient’s overall health is completed followed by a very thorough dental examination to determine bone strength in the jaw where the implant is to be placed. There are methods to augment bone, if needed. Once completed, treatment can proceed.
Dental implants are appropriate to replace one or several missing teeth. A single tooth is covered with a dental crown; several missing teeth may require more than one implant to support a bridge or denture.
Whichever restoration is needed to complete the implant process, the patient can be assured of several things … they will be able to enjoy all the foods they love; they will be able to speak without fear of dentition slipping or moving; and they will be able to laugh and smile with a renewed self confidence as their newly implanted teeth are perfectly matched to surrounding teeth making detection of their “false” teeth virtually impossible.
Once the titanium implant has been placed, the patient will undergo a period of healing. During this time, bone will fuse with the implant forming a strong, permanent support for the restoration that will eventually cover it. Once the bone and implant are integrated, the implant will have become a permanent part of the dental anatomy providing strength and support like the roots of a natural tooth.
Once healed an abutment will be attached to the implant; and a perfectly matched restoration will be tried in for fit and function; when approved it will be permanently bonded to the abutment.
The patient can leave their appointment with the ability to eat anything they choose. Chewy, crunchy, and everything in between can be enjoyed with the security of knowing that your new dentition is stable and will support whatever you wish to eat.
Caring for your implant is the same as what is done for all your teeth … brush and floss daily and visit our dental team at A Smile Above every six months for cleaning and exam.