What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made out of surgical-grade titanium and are surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the jaw bone. Over the course of three to six months, the metal fuses naturally with the bone and acts as an anchor or abutment for restorations to be placed on top. Implants are ideal for areas where dentition is completely missing. Implants can help to re-structurize the bone underneath the gum line when a tooth has been extracted or fallen out.
Why do you need Dental Implants?
You may need or want a dental implant if you are completely missing one of our teeth. In the past, the only way to properly replace a missing tooth was with a fixed bridge. Now, you can have an implant placed to avoid compromising surrounding dentition. Likewise, implants can be beneficial for patients who wear dentures and who want a more secure-fitting appliance.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Implants?
A comprehensive examination and series of x-rays is required prior to having the procedure done. Issues like bone loss, bone density problems and other health conditions that inhibit your body from healing properly can get in the way of you receiving an implant. A viable candidate for the procedure is someone with these qualities:
- You are missing a tooth and want to have it restored without compromising surrounding teeth
- You want a permanent solution to tooth loss
- You have healthy bone structure
- You are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery
- You are able to follow aftercare instructions to maximize implant success
What happens during the procedure for Dental Implants?
You will first come into the office for a consultation, exam and series of x-rays. Before the procedure is started, you will receive anesthetic of your choice to make the surgery more comfortable. An incision is made into the gums as well as the bone to provide room for the implant to be placed. Sutures may be used to close up the gums at the end of the surgery. You will receive aftercare instructions on how to help with the healing process of your new implant. You will need to come back to the office regularly to check the implant while it is healing.
If you are interested in dental implants and want to know more about this procedure, call our office so that our helpful staff members can better assist you.
What Can Dental Implants Do For Me?
Dr. Lori Logan discusses what dental implants are and why they are a good solutions for replacing missing teeth in a natural way.