Dental implants are the best alternative to resemble natural teeth that dentistry has to offer. They are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution in comparison removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by Dr. Blackburn, a periodontist or an oral surgeon. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years.
Candidates for dental implants typically need to:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve 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.
What can you expect from a dental implant procedure?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. This step may take one to two months to complete. The artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.