What Are Dental Implants?
Having missing teeth can be embarassing. If you have had to remove teeth because of decay or periodontal disease, smiling can be one of the hardest things you do every day. But, you don’t have to hide your smile anymore, thanks to dental implants.
Dental implants are a replacement tooth root. They act as the foundation for the new permanent or removable teeth that are inserted into the mouth. Because of dental implants those who have damaged or missing teeth are able to regain a smile that they are proud of.
What Types of Dental Implants are Available?
There are several types of implants available. Your PRECiDENT specialist will help you determine what you need.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth. Each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
The Dental Implant Procedure.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. Implants are placed within your jawbone and attach abutments (small posts) to act as anchors for the replacement teeth. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time and recommend a minimum of six weeks healing time before the replacement teeth are placed. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Are You Ready to Get Your Smile Back?
Having missing or damaged teeth can have an impact on your appearance and self-confidence. You may not smile much because you’re embarrassed about how you look. Having missing teeth also has an effect on your gum health.
We want you to love your smile. If you’re ready to get your smile and confidence back, it may be time to consider dental implants.