A great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures is known as dental implants. It provides excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile. Dental implants are strong and durable. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear but generally last many years.
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 for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be necessary 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. This process requires a number of visits over several months.
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 be given care instructions when your treatment is completed. Proper oral hygiene habits, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please call (403) 277-7464.
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