Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth without involving other teeth. They are an alternative to having removable partial, complete dentures or fixed bridges. Dental implants are placed into the jaw and act as artificial roots. The teeth attached to implants restoring what the patient has lost. This recreates natural appearance and function.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Restore a patient’s smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
Getting implants is a two phase process. First the implant body is placed in the bone by a surgeon. After healing the implant crown is fabricated by the restoring dentist.
The process begins with the restoring dentist establishing the need for implants. Then the surgeon will evaluate the bone quality and available space using x-rays, Cat scans, and models. The implant is placed and after several month of integration the surgeon refers the patient for restoration.
Impressions are taken and sent to a laboratory to fabricate the crown or bridge. The restoration is fitted and either cemented or screwed into place. These implant supported restorations are both strong and stable.