Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants are a highly sought-after restorative option that can be beneficial to your entire smile. They are a permanent option for when you need to replace teeth, since most implants can last for more than 20 or 30 years. They can be useful for most patients and are a viable alternative to other restorative options.
All About Implants
Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to withstand the pressure and force of daily chewing, biting and even grinding. The implant’s post undergoes a process that is known as osseointegration over the course of several months. This simply means that the implant will fuse naturally with the surrounding bone of the jaw after it’s been placed. Osseointegration can take anywhere from three months to about six or eight months depending on the patient.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?
In order for implants to heal successfully, they need a good amount of solid bone structure in the area they’re being placed. If you have bone loss issues or have a large area of missing bone due to an extraction, a bone grafting may be necessary before the implant can be placed. Patients with severe medical conditions who wouldn’t be able to undergo general sedation or have the ability to heal from the procedure may not be good candidates for this specific surgery. However, the vast majority of patients who would like implants and who want to switch to this restoration type are able to have the procedure done safely and easily.
The Consultation Before the Procedure
Before an implant is placed, a consultation appointment allows us to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. We will go over your medical and health history as well as take x-rays and special images of the area receiving the implants. We will then create a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs so that the implants have a great chance of healing successfully. Implants can be used to replace just a single missing tooth or they can be used to keep an entire denture in place so that it fits more securely.
If you would like to come into our office for a consultation appointment regarding dental implants, call us today and we will help to get you in to be seen.