A dental implant is a replacement for tooth roots. It is a great way to replace a missing tooth. It provides a strong foundation to support a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants are surgically attached to the bone by a periodontist. Fixed or removable crowns or appliances are then attached to the implant.
Reasons to have a dental implant:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without changing the adjacent teeth
- Restore the ability to speak, chew, and digest normally
- Resolve pain or bite problems due to teeth shifting into space left by missing teeth
- Provide support for a denture or bridge, making them more comfortable and secure
- Restore facial tissues
- Restore a pleasant appearance
What is the process for getting dental implants?
The process of getting dental implants requires several visits to a periodontist over several months.
Impressions and x-rays are taken of the teeth and jaw to evaluate the gum tissue, bone, and available space for the implant. After the area is numbed, the implant (a small post made of titanium) is surgically placed into the bone. This must be allowed to integrate itself into the bone and heal for several months. A small connector post (abutment) is then attached to the implant to firmly hold the new crown. Instead of one or more individual crowns placed on posts, some patients have attachments placed on the implant that hold and support a removable denture. Your new teeth will match the color of your natural teeth and they will feel, look, and function just like your own teeth.
The process of getting dental implants involves very little discomfort. Local anesthesia is used and most patients say that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
Implants require the same hygiene regimen as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and routine checkups. Implants are very durable and will last a lifetime with good care.
Dr Yash can refer you to an expert periodontist. If you have any questions or concerns about dental implants, please call or contact our office.