If you have lost a tooth you know that is difficult to duplicate the performance and look of your own natural tooth. With dental implants, it is the closest option in providing artificial teeth that look and feel like your own.
Most patients find that an implant is secure and stable- a good replacement for their own tooth. Implants, however, are NOT an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients should be in optimum health and have healthy gums. Further, patients either must have adequate bone to support the implant, or be good candidates for surgery to build up the area needing the implant. Patients should also be committed to a very strict, thorough oral hygiene program. If you are considering implants, a full evaluation will need to be done by your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate.
What is involved in the placement of implants?
First, surgery is performed to place the implant fixture in the jaw bone. Up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the fixture and firmly hold it in place. In certain cases, implants can be placed immediately. Some implants require a secondary surgery in which a post is attached to connect the replacement teeth. With other implants, the implant and post are a single unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery (immediate implants).
After the healing process is complete, the next step can begin. The replacement tooth is made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. This step may take several visits to complete.
Implant surgery can be done either in your regular dental office or may be performed at a specialist's facility, depending on numerous factors.
Dental implants can be a great option to replace missing teeth. They can provide a natural looking, secure feeling, and also act to support complete or partial dentures.