Implants: A Life-Changing Dental Treatment
Do you avoid smiling because of a missing tooth? Are you ready to fix a damaged or decayed tooth? Do your dentures have you saying, “Enough is enough.” Countless numbers of patients have turned to dental implants as a solution to missing teeth or damaged teeth that are beyond repair. Dental implants are a permanent solution offering the strongest support for replacement teeth. The best part is they function and look just like your natural teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post positioned into the jawbone, which bonds with the natural bone. An abutment, or connector, is then placed on the implant to hold the replacement tooth (crown) in place. The crown is custom made to match the rest of your teeth, with hardly any noticeable difference.
Dental implants have the same look and feel of natural teeth. You won’t ever have to bother with additional appliances, and dental implants are made to last a lifetime. Benefits also include:
- No need to put them in or take them out, like dentures
- No worries about them shifting or slipping
- Improved speech
- Being able to eat your favorite foods again
- Easy cleaning, like your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing
- Durability and lifetime use with proper dental care
What to Expect
Before we recommend dental implants for patients, we take images and go through a thorough examination to determine if the treatment is right for you. If we proceed, at your next appointment, we will place the implant in your jawbone and wait for the bone to heal. This can take anywhere between two and six months. We can provide you with temporary dentures during this time.
Once healing is complete, we will place the abutment and then take an impression for the replacement teeth. Once the crown is made, we will then place it on the abutment. The entire process depends on each individual patient’s needs, but it typically can take between two and eight months.
Please call our office to schedule a consultation to discuss how dental implants can benefit you.