Dental implants are growing in popularity, with a half a million people electing to get them every single year. They are a fantastic treatment option for many people who have lost a tooth, and many of our patients are good candidates for dental implants. They have a remarkably high success rate at 98 percent, which makes this a reliable replacement for missing teeth. Getting a dental implant is also quite safe and routine, which means that our patients can have a natural-looking dental prosthetic that can last them the rest of their life if they take good care of it.
A dental implant is made of three components, each which serves a specific purpose. The part of the implant that is surgically placed into the jawbone is a titanium screw. We use titanium in our implant posts because the body will accept this metal instead of rejecting it. The human body treats titanium like part of itself, with the jawbone building up over the titanium post. This is called osteointegration and helps make sure the implant is strong and study inside the mouth.
Once the screw heals inside the jawbone, we will then attach a connector piece called the abutment. The abutment allows us to attach the post to the restoration, which is the third and final piece of the implant. The restoration is the part of the implant that resembles the actual tooth and is also called a crown.
Getting a dental implant placed does require minor outpatient surgery. We start by placing a small incision into the gums, which allows us to access the jawbone where we will place the implant. Once the titanium post is securely placed inside the jawbone, we will then stitch the surgical site closed with sutures. While the procedure itself only takes an hour to an hour and a half at most, we do need to wait for the incision to heal fully before we can place the abutment and the restoration. This may take up to six months or longer, depending on the patient.
Good candidates for dental implants are patients who do not have an active infection of the gums. If they do, we will need to treat it first. If the patient smokes, they will need to stop smoking to ensure the best outcome for the implant. Sufficient bone mass is also important, and patients who do not have enough bone in the jaw may need a bone graft before we can proceed with the implant procedure.
A prosthesis is a piece that is added to your teeth or mouth to replace missing teeth, restore damaged teeth, or otherwise improve your dental health and functionality. Since these pieces are often added where teeth are damaged or missing, they need extra support for stability and strength in your mouth. One way dentists can help ensure that a dental prosthesis is successful is the use of a dental implant.
Removing damaged teeth from the area
Preparing the jawbone for the implants, if needed
Implant placement and bone healing
Prosthesis placement (dentures, bridges, etc.)
In the event that an implant does not heal properly, your dentist may suggest removing it, allowing the site to heal, and trying again. If this is not an option, your dentist can discuss other options with you to ensure your prosthesis has the stability and strength it needs to be successful.
Dental implants can be an effective option to provide stability to dentures, crowns, and bridges. Along with helping to make your smile look its best, dental implants provide additional support and stability to your prosthesis, which means it will feel more like your natural teeth.
A. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone, which requires anesthesia. This makes the process easier and more comfortable for the patient as well as easier for the dental staff. However, it is typically an outpatient surgery, which means you will be able to go home the same day as the procedure. This will allow you to recover comfortably in your own home after the implants are put in place.
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