What is Dental Implant Treatment?
Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called “osteointergration”, the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time.
A single implant can be made when adjacent teeth are healthy and in place. During surgery, each implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the post that will eventually support the replacement teeth. It will take three to six months or more for the bone tissue to grow around the implants.
Once the jawbone is firmly healed around the implants. The post protrudes through the gum-line and serves as an anchor for the replacement teeth. After your gums have healed, the replacement teeth are securely attached to the post.
What are the benefits?
Since they are patterned after the structure of your natural teeth, they provide a highly stable support system for replacement teeth or dentures. Other benefits include:
Improved biting pressure. Implants can often restore the amount of pleasure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.
Comfort and fit. Because your replacement teeth are anchored securely to the implants in your jawbone, they can’t slip and slide like unsecured dentures can.
Longevity and reliability. With proper oral hygiene and care, implants function like natural teeth. Most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence once they realize they can again chew, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
The permanently fixed denture is often an excellent alternative to removable dentures. If you face the loss of one or several teeth or if you’re dissatisfied with dentures or other options available to you, you may find that this treatment is right for you.
In general, we look for the following characteristics:
• General good health.
• Healthy gums.
• Sufficient underlying jawbone to support the implants.
• And a good attitude to ensure that you follow through with vital oral hygiene habits.