For patients who are missing teeth, it is important to replace them to restore both oral functionality as well as the appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, the only two options patients had in the past were to wear a partial denture or have a fixed bridge placed. Nowadays, many are choosing dental implants as a way to restore their smiles and improve their overall confidence.
How Implants Work and Function
Implants are small posts made of titanium that are embedded deep into the jawbone. During surgery, an incision is made through the gums and an implant placed. The implant is given several months to heal and undergo a process known as osseointegration. During this time, the implant bonds with the bone and becomes a permanent part of your smile. Implants are a great way to improve the look of your smile. They are used as the foundations for other restorations, like bridges and crowns. Implants require no prosthetic appliances and won’t compromise surrounding teeth.
What Makes Someone a Candidate for Implants?
Because your new implant has to bond with the underlying bone of the jaw to stay firmly in place, you need healthy and solid bone in these areas. If you’re missing bone, which can be caused by having had extractions performed, we may suggest a bone grafting. Bone grafting simply means that either donor or synthetic bone is placed in the area where it is lacking. Once the grafted material has healed properly, the implant can be placed properly.
In order to determine if you have areas of bone loss, we will take special x-rays that enable us to see the soft and hard tissues in these areas. If you’re going to be having implants placed on the upper arch and have bone loss in these areas, sinus augmentation may be necessary. This procedure involves lifting the sinuses and then placing bone in the area where the implant needs to be placed. Implants are great for most patients and the majority of those who want them won’t need additional procedures. It is important that you give your new dental implants some time to heal on their own. The process of osseointegration can take several months, and this will vary depending on the patient and their ability to heal.
If you’d like to learn more about how implants can benefit your smile, call us today to schedule a convenient consultation appointment.