Who Needs Dental Implants?
If you need one or more missing teeth replaced, dental implants may be a great option. No matter the reason, gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, many patients have had wonderful results with their dental implants. Dental implants restore your ability to eat, smile, laugh and speak naturally while boosting your confidence.
What Benefits do Dental Implants Provide?
One major benefit of dental implants over bridges and dentures is that the implant provides support for the bone in your jaw. The jaw structure will eventually start to dissolve wherever there are missing teeth even with having dental bridges or dentures. With implants, the implant is directly implanted into the jawbone and so the bone structure maintains its integrity.
Another benefit comes because the implant does not need a bulky base. Not having this allows your mouth to feel more comfortable. They also feel and look more natural so you are able to eat and talk comfortably.
Even though modern dentures have improved, implants still look and feel more natural. They are embedded into the gum just like real teeth and feel real giving you more confidence to talk and laugh without hesitation.
Call Impressions Dentistry to discuss your options when restoring missing or injured teeth. We would love to set up a consultation with you and discuss what would be best for your lifestyle and needs.
What is the Procedure for Placing Dental Implants?
Dental implants act as a tooth root substitute. They have metal anchors which are surgically placed in the jawbone. Small posts then attach to the implant itself which protrudes through the gums. The post provides an anchor for your artificial tooth replacement. Most dental implant procedures take two visits. First, implants are placed in the jawbone. A period of three to six months follows the surgery when the implants are bonding to the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, an impression will be made in order to start making your new tooth. A post or attachment is connected to the implant. The replacement tooth will be attached to the post or attachment. The entire dental implant procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life and find that the time to complete the procedure is well worth the advantage of a replacement tooth.