A dental implant is a root replica used to replace your missing teeth. Before dental implants, dentures were the only choice patients had for tooth replacement.
Unlike bridges, dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, and there is no need to grind down any healthy teeth to fix them. Because they fill not only the gap between the teeth,, but also the empty space in the jaw, dental implants help to prevent the bone loss that can often occur after the teeth fall out. A dental implant has three parts an Anchor, an abutment and the Crown, after the anchor has become firm in the bone the abutment is screwed in and the crown is cemented or secured in place. The new crown will look and feel like a normal tooth. You can floss around it, brush it and bite on it. Essentially, you will have regained your lost tooth. This is the most predictable and successful method of replacing missing teeth in dentistry and is always the recommended first option.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
The dental implant procedure is surgical, so we use anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. We may prescribe pain medication for any discomfort that occurs after surgery, though most patients indicate minimal pain after the procedure. Most patients feel normal and are able to work the next day.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to have an implant! In general, good health and an adequate bone in your jaw are the key components to qualify for a dental implant. Basically, anyone missing a tooth or many teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants.
How long does the implant process take?
The dental implant process involves several steps and the overall treatment period depends on the patient’s availability. Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place it in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for the bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Consult our office for specifics on your dental implant time-frame.
Will my new tooth/teeth look natural?
Yes! Your new teeth will look and feel natural, just like your own teeth!