What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a restoration that is used to replace areas of missing dentition in the mouth. They can be used to replace just one single tooth at a time as well as to keep a fixed bridge or even full denture in place. Implants rely on a process that is referred to as osseointegration. This means that the implant’s post will bond and fuse with the underlying bone after it’s been placed.
Why is a Dental Implant needed?
The reason you might need or want an implant is because you’re missing a tooth. Rather than compromise and damage your surrounding teeth, the implant works independently. It acts as both the roots and upper crown of a natural tooth. It is complete and total tooth replacement that does not rely on surrounding teeth to work effectively.
Who might be a candidate for a Dental Implant?
The procedure requires that healthy, solid bone be available for the implants to heal correctly. If you have bone loss, we may suggest that you have a bone grafting done to ensure the successful healing of your new implant. You should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery as well. We will examine your teeth and mouth as well as take x-rays before any surgery is performed.
What occurs during surgery for Dental Implants?
The procedure begins with a consultation that allows us to determine where the implant needs to be placed and the type of sedation you’d like for the surgery. We then administer the sedative to begin. We will make a small incision in the gums and insert the titanium implant post deep into the underlying bone. We provide you with aftercare instructions that are vital to keeping the area clean and free of problems. The implant will fuse with the underlying bone in about four to six months; this varies from one patient to another another and location in the mouth. Once it’s healed and fused properly, a restoration like a crown or bridge can be made for the top of it.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they work, call us today at 858-350-9977, and we can help to get you in for a consultation appointment.