Dental implants are an alternative method to replace missing teeth and also make available a fixed solution to having removable complete or partial dentures. Implants make available outstanding stability and support for these dental devices.
Dental implants are essentially artificial teeth and roots (commonly titanium) that are surgically placed into the lower or upper jaw bone by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and nearby bone. The teeth (crown) that are cemented to implants are very esthetic looking and often restore or enhance a patient's smile!
Dental implants are very stable, durable, and strong and can remain in place for many years, but occasionally, they will have to be replaced or re-tightened due to day to day wear.
Why dental implants?
- Replace 1 or several missing teeth without affecting nearby teeth.
- Relieve joint discomfort or tooth alignment issues by teeth moving into missing tooth space.
- Improve a patient's natural smile.
- Improve speech, digestion, and chewing.
- Improve or support facial tissues.
- Support a denture or bridge, helping to achieve comfort and security.
What is involved in getting dental implants?
The procedure of placing implants requires several visits over a 4-6 months.
Impressions (molds) and radiographs are taken of the teeth and jaw to determine gum tissue, bone and available space for an implant. While the area is anesthetized, the implant will be placed surgically into the bone and allowed to integrate itself and heal onto the bone for up to 4-6 months. Occasionally, a second surgery can be required in order to place the "post" depending on the implant type. With other implant brands the anchor and post are attached and placed at the same time.
After several months of healing, the artificial teeth are fitted and made to the post portion of the anchor. After a period of healing, the artificial teeth are precisely secured to the implant, providing excellent comfort and strength to the patient.
Dr. Braithwaite and his staff wiil then give care instructions when your treatment is finished. Regular dental visits, good eating habits, and good oral hygiene, will assist in the longevity of your new implant.