What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small rods of titanium that are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw. The implant is used to replace missing teeth that would otherwise require a fixed bridge or partial denture to fill. Implants are permanent because they rely on a process known as osseointegration, which refers to the titanium bonding with the bone. Once the implant has healed, a specially-made crown is placed on the top of its connector.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
A dental implant may be necessary if you’re missing a tooth. After a tooth has been extracted or has fallen out on its own, it can only be replaced with an implant, bridge or partial denture. Unlike the other two options, an implant is permanent and does not need to be repaired or replaced after several years. You may even want to have dental implants placed if you wear dentures and want a way to keep them in more securely, since the plate can snap onto the new implants.
How successful are dental implants?
Dr. Kye Mallernee discusses the success rate of dental implants.
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What makes you a good candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to have implants placed, oral surgery is required. You should be healthy enough to undergo this type of surgery and have the ability to heal from it after it has been completed. Patients with poor bone mass may require a bone graft prior to the implants being placed. You will come in for an exam and consultation before an implant is inserted into your bone.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Implants?
You will receive anesthetic or sedation of your choosing, and this will be discussed during your consultation appointment. Our doctor will then make a small incision through the gums so that we can have access to the bone underneath. The titanium implant is inserted into the bone and given time to heal. The implant will undergo osseointegration of the bone in about three to six months. You will then come back in to have a new dental crown put on top of the freshly healed implant.
If you would like a dental implant or simply want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and we will work to answer any of your questions.