Dental implants are one of the best and most convenient solutions for replacing missing teeth. They can also provide a ‘fixed solution’ with excellent stability and support for removable partial dentures, complete dentures and bridges.
Very simply, dental implants are titanium cylinders that replace the root structure of teeth. The natural bone interfaces with the implant and creates a secure and stable component to replace a single tooth or support a prosthesis the replaces multiple teeth.
They can be placed in the upper or lower jaw. Implants are strong and durable and will last many years. Best of all, today’s dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
What is involved in placing an implant?
Getting dental implants generally requires a number of visits to our office (and another dental specialist) over several months. X-rays and impressions are first taken of your jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for your tooth implant.
At a later visit, your mouth will be numbed and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone. Implant dentistry requires a healing period which allows the implant to anchor itself into the bone and for the area to heal.
The bone tissue will need time to build up and firmly anchor to the implant device. Some types of dental implants will require a second surgery to place the “post” or abutment that will hold the artificial tooth in place. Some types of dental implants allow the post and anchor to be placed at the same time. The dentists at Brandon Dental Care will help you choose the right implant options and procedures for you.
After a few weeks of healing, your artificial teeth will be custom made and then fixed to the implant. Your implant supported teeth will be securely attached to the implants and you will be able to enjoy the excellent stability and comfort of your new dental implant.
While getting implants requires a number of visits, the results can be amazing and will change your smile for the better.