Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have very high success rates, and are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants will give you the ability to eat virtually anything and you can smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth appear natural. The implants themselves are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the bioceramic surface coating of the implant, creating a strong foundation for an implant crown. Additionally, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. For example, if you have a missing tooth site, the bone in that area will dissolve and recede due to not having tooth roots. Implants serve the same function as the roots of your natural teeth, preventing bone loss while providing a secure anchor for the implant crown. Dental implants also provide superior removable partial or complete dentures by providing excellent support and stability. The natural look and feel of implanted teeth have restored confidence and comfort for thousands of people suffering from tooth loss. Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implant procedures can restore a lasting smile and sense of well being.
Placement of Implant
The first part of the treatment involves the placement of the titanium implant in the bone. Then, the implant is allowed at least six weeks or more for osseointegration, which is a process where the implant fuses to the bone. During the healing time, a temporary crown can be placed over the implant to maintain a proper aesthetics. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants in one visit, further minimizing the number of dental visits.
Placement of Implant Crown
After osseointegration takes place, the second part involves getting a crown fitted over the implant. Many people find this process very easy. In many cases, this visit doesn’t involve any shots or drilling. So just after a few visits, the missing tooth can be replaced with a brand new tooth that looks and feels just like a real tooth. Dental implants are much better than other treatment options such as bridges because no additional teeth need to be ground down to place the new tooth. It is also easier to maintain than bridges.