Dental Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, are made of titanium and are anchored into the jawbone where the root of the tooth would be. The advantage of dental Implants is that they are surgically placed below the gums and fuse to the jawbone over time through a series of appointments. They are designed to model the look and feel of a natural tooth resulting in a smile that looks and feels natural.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
An ideal candidate for dental Implants would be someone who has one or more teeth missing, is unhappy with or isn’t interested in dentures or who cannot chew or smile comfortably. When determining if dental implants are a good option, the dentist will review the patient’s oral hygiene, x-rays sinus cavities and many more considerations are evaluated. At minimum, candidates need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to be considered an ideal candidate. For example, a patient with high risk of developing periodontal disease or gum disease like smokers and diabetics may not be a great candidate for dental implants. In general, ideal candidates can expect high success rates.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTATION?
The dental implantation procedure involves several steps and can take several visits:
- The titanium implant is meticulously inserted in place of the root of the missing tooth.
- The healing period for the implant to fuse to the bone can take anywhere from 3-6 months.
- Once the allotted time passes for the healing process, the abutment is placed which is an extension of the implant titanium post, that the crown connects to.
- After allowing time for the gums to heal from the abutment, a mold of the teeth and bite will be taken to create the crown.
- The crown is later attached to the abutment to finalize the dental implantation process.
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental Implants are similar cosmetically to natural teeth, helping patients smile without being self-conscious. Implants are made to fit securely and comfortably allowing patients to chew normally.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental Implant surgery is actually quite a minor and routine, outpatient surgery. Infections are a possibility, but as long as the proper steps for oral hygiene are followed there is no fear of infection at the implant site. Injury or damage to surrounding teeth or blood vessels. Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in the chin, lips, natural teeth or gums.