Conservative estimates suggest that 69 percent of adults in this country have lost at least one tooth. When you lose even a single tooth, you face oral health issues. Remaining teeth may shift, other teeth can become loose and normal functions like talking or eating can be difficult. The closest prosthetics to nature, dental implants can renew the strength, appearance, and vitality of your smile.
What is a dental implant?
Fabricated from biocompatible titanium, a dental implant is a small, metal post surgically inserted into your jaw bone. The post serves as an artificial tooth root for the permanent crown that will complete your smile restoration.
How long is the implant process?
From start to finish, implant therapy takes about six months. During the first phase, a skilled surgeon will place one post for each implant into the empty sockets. After this procedure, your mouth will need time to heal and to allow the bone to fuse with the implants, creating a solid foundation for the prosthetic teeth. Usually, the permanent crowns are secured to the posts three to six month after the initial surgery.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
For successful implant therapy, patients need to have good oral health and sufficient bone structure. Your dentist will complete a thorough evaluation before beginning treatment. If you don’t have enough bone tissue, your dentist may suggest bone grafts to improve your chances for a positive outcome.
What are the advantages to implants?
Implants provide several benefits, including:
How do I care for my implants?
One plus of dental implants is that you treat them as you do your natural teeth: brush often, floss regularly, and see your dentist for routine checkups.