Replace damaged or missing teeth with a permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions like a real tooth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tooth replacement devices that are surgically installed to restore a mouth’s function and appearance. These implants fuse to the patient’s existing jawbone to create a permanent base that mimics a natural root. A successful dental implant will rely on a healthy foundation of bone and soft tissue, some of which may need to be augmented depending on the patient.
Why You Might Need a Dental Implant
The failure or loss of a tooth, which can be caused by gum disease, decay, or trauma to the mouth, can be a difficult thing to grapple with. It can damage self-esteem and seriously hinder the health and functionality of your mouth. Damaged or missing teeth can make eating and speaking laborious, as well as lead to the degeneration of your remaining teeth, gums, muscles, and jawbone.
What to Expect From the Procedure
When you go in for a procedure either to remove the failing tooth, have an implant placed, or prepare for an implant with bone grafting, sedation can be done with local numbing medication, or general anesthesia if the latter is preferred. Procedures can often be done on the same day as the evaluation, with the entire process usually taking a few months. At the final stage, your dentist will secure a permanent crown to your implant, fully restoring your smile.
Advancements in Digital Implants
As surgical techniques and materials are advancing, it’s become easier than ever to remove a diseased or damaged tooth and follow immediately with the placement of a dental implant. Improvements in digital technology and scans can now expedite the process as well as increase the predictability of the procedure, and the uncomfortable process of making manual dental impressions is often no longer necessary.