A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the bio-compatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Reasons for dental implants
- ›Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- ›Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- ›Restore a patient’s confident smile
- ›Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- ›Restore or enhance facial tissues
- ›Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
Who is a Candidate?
Is old age a problem?
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
- ›Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth—crown and root—shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
- ›Preservation of natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
- ›Improved retention of dentures: Implants can be used as the support for the dentures making them secure and comfortable to wear.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, you are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.
Is the treatment painful?
How will I feel after the treatment?
How will I care for my dental implants?