What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are used to stabilize artificial teeth. They are surgically placed in the jaw bone where a tooth is missing, acting as a root for the artificial tooth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which the artificial tooth is then fixed to. This creates a strong foundation that allows the new tooth to function the same way as a natural tooth.
Dental Implant Evaluation
If you are considering dental implants, you’ll first need an evaluation by your dentist. During this consultation, you will be asked about your health history and will undergo a complete dental examination. Your dentist can also address any questions or concerns you may have about the process.
Dental Implant Procedure
The placement of dental implants usually takes place in two separate procedures.
- First, the surgical steel post is surgically placed in your jaw bone.
- Several months will pass before your next appointment. During this time the implant will bond with the jaw bone. You may wear a temporary solution while it heals, and you will need to keep to a diet of mostly soft foods.
- Once the implants bond to the jaw bone, your final prosthetic tooth can be placed. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth beforehand so that a custom tooth can be created.
- The posts are affixed to the implant and the artificial tooth is shaped over them to guarantee a perfect fit.
The process usually takes between six and eight months, but patients do not usually experience any difficulties or changes to their daily lives. In fact, many find that the treatment time is worth it when it ends with a fully restored smile! Want to see if dental implants are right for you? Book an appointment with our office today.