Dental implants are the longest lasting permanent approach to replace missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are surgical-grade screws that are inserted into your jaw bone beneath your gums. This screw acts like the root of a tooth. Once inserted, the implant stabilizes itself by integrating with your bone.
Unlike a bridge, implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for retention. That means that your other teeth are left untouched during the process. Dental implants may eliminate the need to have partials and dentures that go in and out of your mouth.
A dental implant is the closest treatment option to a natural tooth. As mentioned, the implant is embedded beneath the gums acting like a natural root. Once enough time has passed for the bone and the implant to integrate as one, an adapter is placed into the implant so a crown can be made to act and look like a natural tooth. The process varies in duration from patient to patient. Generally, once an implant is placed, there is a 4-6 month wait for your body and the implant to integrate. After integration, the implant is uncovered, impressions are taken and a crown is attached all in a matter of 2-3 weeks.
Not all patients are candidates for dental implants. The quality and amount of bone your jaw is a crucial assessment to see if an implant is a treatment option for you. Contact us to learn more about dental implants or to make an appointment today.