What exactly are Dental Implants?
In the past, when you were missing a tooth, your only two dental options were to have a fixed bridge placed or wear a partial denture. Dental implant technology has revolutionized the dental industry. Dental implants are small metal rods made out of titanium. This surgical-grade metal is safely inserted into the gums and bonds with the natural bone in under six months. Once bonded, the implant creates a permanent abutment for restorative work like dental crowns and bridges. Some patients even choose to have implants placed so that their dentures fit more securely. These are known as implant-supported dentures, and they work effectively to prevent denture plates from slipping and falling out.
Why would you need Dental Implants?
The reason you may need or just want dental implants is because you’re completely missing one or more of your teeth. Instead of compromising surrounding teeth, the implant replaces only the tooth that is missing. Once the implant has fully healed, a dental crown will be placed on top using the connector of the implant. You may also want dental implants because you wear dentures and are tired of using adhesives and gels to keep them in place. Implants create a more natural-looking smile whether you’re replacing one tooth or using them as an anchor for a prosthetic.
What determines if you’re a good candidate for Dental Implant Surgery?
Most healthy adults who want or need dental implants are safely able to have the surgery done. However, because implants are placed underneath the gum line and into the bone, it is important that you have solid bone mass as well as the ability to heal quickly. Patients with diseases that affect their body’s ability to naturally heal or those with bone density problems may not be eligible for the procedure. The only way to tell if implants are right for you is by coming in for an exam. Dr. Andrew Turchin will perform an exam as well as take a series of x-rays to check bone mass and density as well as the best way to place the implant successfully.
What can you expect during the procedure for Dental Implants?
While dental implants require oral surgery, the procedure is commonly performed and entirely safe. You will receive an anesthetic of your choice and have a small incision made in the gums. The titanium implant is inserted beneath the gums and into the bone. A retainer may be used to keep the implant firmly in place while it heals. From there, sutures may be used to close up the incision. The implant will heal in under six months, so you may need to come in for additional appointments to keep track of how well it is healing. Once healed, you can have a dental crown placed on top of the implant.
If you are interested in dental implants or want to know more about this procedure, contact us today.