Implants offer a strong, natural looking option
Dental implants differ from other tooth replacements in that the new, artificial tooth contains roots that your dentist will anchor to your jaw bone. These artificial roots create a strong foundation for the implanted replacement teeth.
After the root or anchor is placed, your dentist will give your jaw time to heal and fuse to the root before securing the replacement tooth. That can take several weeks.
What is involved?
If you’re considering dental implants as an alternative to dentures or bridges, you need to visit your dentist for an oral exam first. He will inspect the area where you are missing teeth, as well as the rest of your mouth, to make sure that it is healthy enough for the procedure. If your bone structure is weak, you may need a bone graft prior to the implant procedure. Talk with your dentist about whether you are a good candidate for the graft or implant procedure.
After your dentist installs the artificial root, you will need to go back for several visits so he or she can check the healing process. Once the roots have sufficiently fused, your dentist will attach the replacement teeth. You may wish to wear removable dentures in the meantime.
One of the many advantages of dental implants is that you care for them in the same way as your natural teeth. It’s important to continue brushing and flossing twice daily. You should also avoid habits that might break the implants, such as biting hard candy or using your teeth to open anything.
Please contact us at your convenience to schedule a consultation so you can decide if dental implants are right for you.