Although our office does not perform the surgical placement of implants, we do provide complete restorative reconstruction of the teeth being replaced.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.
Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture, and more closely emulates natural teeth.
Talk with us about whether you are an implant candidate. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place. People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, additional precautions may need to be taken. Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol may not be good candidates.
The implant is like an "artificial root," which must be secured into your jaw bone. The procedure is done in a dental office with local anesthesia. After an amount of appropriate time for proper healing, you will be seen in our office, at which point we will attach an extension post, or abutment, to the implant. Finally, an artificial tooth or crown is fabricated by a laboratory, which will be cemented to the implant post.
The process can take from 3 - 9 months to complete. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. The success rate for implants depends on the amount of bone support, the tooth's purpose, location in the mouth, and the patient’s overall health.
Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants fail. It is important to floss and brush around the fixtures at least twice a day. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants. Hygiene services of up to four times per year may be necessary to ensure that you retain healthy gums.