Dental implants replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution that stabilizes removable partial or complete dentures. They also provide excellent support for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth, usually titanium, that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist. The teeth attached to implants appear very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Strong and durable, dental implants last many years. On occasion, they may require re-tightening or replacement due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
The process of placing implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions of the jaw and teeth determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.
After numbing the area, the dentist places the implant surgically into the bone. It takes up to six months for the area around the implant to heal and integrate itself. Some types of implant require a second surgery to place the “post” that holds the artificial tooth in place. Other implants contain an attached post and anchor for a one-time placement.
Artificial teeth, made during the healing process, are then fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because fittings require several re-sizings, this step may take one to two months to complete. Next, the dentist securely attaches the artificial teeth to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
Good oral hygiene and eating habits combined with regular dental visits adds to the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, then please contact our office. Dr. Neale specializes in dental implant surgery. He also provides terrific care for your gums and supporting bone.