Prior to the popularity of dental implants, we relied on dentures as the best available option for tooth replacement. In this age of modern technology, we can now rely on dental implants to replace single teeth or all of the teeth in a manner that surpasses the capabilities of a traditional denture.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are precisely engineered titanium structures that can be placed directly into the jaw bone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The strength of the relationship between the implant and the jawbone acts as a foundation for a single dental crown or other artificial teeth. In fact, we often rely on implants to attach partials, bridges, and even dentures.
Well-designed dental implants can realistically mimic natural teeth in terms of appearance, texture, and function. To ensure that dental implants are biocompatible and non-allergenic, we select top-quality materials like titanium or ceramic.
Who Can Be A Candidate for Dental Implants?
To qualify a patient for dental implant surgery, we must first verify that you are physically healthy and that the jaw bone is dense enough to support the post of the implant. A dental implant candidate must also commit to practicing diligent oral hygiene, since the overall health of the mouth can affect the immediate healing of the implant as well as the long-term prognosis.
A dental implant candidate must also be able to tolerate the dental surgery that is required for the placement of the artificial tooth. This may include the grafting of additional bone tissue or gum tissue around the site of the dental implant. Following the surgery, the implant and the bone must be permitted to heal together for several weeks or months before the dental crown or other prosthetic teeth can be attached. In some unique cases, the prosthetic teeth can be connected to the dental implants immediately after surgery.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants
When you schedule your consultation for dental implants, we’ll be happy to answer your questions regarding the dental implant procedure, including sedation, anesthesia, and clinical before and after photos. Dental implants can strengthen your smile, improve your health, and enhance your appearance. Why not call to schedule a consultation today?