Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution instead of having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability to the teeth being replaced.
Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by either Dr. Trylovich or Dr. Gifford. They are periodontists—specialists of the gums and supporting bone—with whom Dr. Simone has worked for over 20 years. The crowns or denture is attached to implant(s), resulting in a very natural look that will often enhance or restore a patient's smile.
Dental implants are very strong, stable and durable and will last many years but, on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
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.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the "post" that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, healthful eating habits and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.