Dental implants have become a go-to option for patients wanting to replace missing teeth. When you're completely missing a tooth, it is impossible to replace the dentition without the use of an implant. The implant is made out of titanium, which undergoes a process known as osseointegration. This process allows the implant to securely bond with the natural bone of the jaw so that a dental crown can be placed on top. Implants are permanent and will last you a lifetime once they have fully healed.
What are Dental Implants?
Most often, implants are made out of titanium, which is a surgically-safe material to use within the body. The titanium implant post has small holes around the base, which allows for your natural bone to grow in and around the metal. This creates a secure root-like structure that acts like a natural tooth. It can withstand a lot of force as well as pressure, so you won't have to worry about it loosening or becoming damaged.
What Makes You Eligible for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require surgery to properly place them. The implant is drilled deep into the bone of the jaw to promote full osseointegration. This makes it ideal for healthy adult patients who are able to handle surgery of any kind. Those with disorders or diseases that limit their ability to heal may not be good candidates for dental implants. If you have poor bone mass and density, we may recommend other options or require a bone grafting prior to the actual procedure. The majority of patients who want an implant can have them placed. You may want one implant to simply replace a missing tooth or you may want several implants to keep a denture plate in your mouth without the need for adhesives and gels.
What Can You Expect During Surgery?
The surgery for implants is easy, straightforward and done comfortably. You will receive sedation of your choice or a local anesthetic. A small incision is made in the gums to expose the underlying bone. The bone is drilled into and the implant placed. The gums are sutured and the implant is watched for several months while it heals. You can expect the implant to heal in less than half a year, providing you with a gorgeously full smile that boosts your confidence. If the implants are used for a denture, you'll need a new denture made specifically for the implant connectors.