The loss of a tooth, whether it is from an accident or dental disease, can make anyone self-conscious. Luckily, there are many options to help restore your smile including the most popular one – dental implants. These are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw to function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. Dental implants are fashioned from titanium – a strong, yet lightweight metal – and other materials that are accepted by the human body. Implants fuse with the jawbone, offering firm support for man-made teeth. Overall, implants are a great value because with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Consulting with your dentist will help you weigh your options and decide if an implant is the right solution for you. In general, there are three distinct phases of the implant process. First, during the placement of the implant, your dentist will complete the procedure to surgically place the implant within the jawbone. During this phase there may be some swelling and/or tenderness in the area that is being treated. The second phase is the healing process, when the jawbone will fuse itself naturally around the implant to help hold it in place. Once the implant is integrated, your dentist will take final impressions for a new crown to replace the tooth that was extracted. The new crown will be placed at the final visit. The crown will be based on the size, shape, and color of the rest of your teeth so it blends into your smile. are completed, the
If you think dental implants may be the solution for you, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. We are more than happy to help you!