People with missing teeth are usually frustrated or perhaps embarrassed by the inconvenience and discomfort of dentures. They often experience difficulty eating and are worried about their physical appearance making dental implants a feasible option.
The “implant” is the term for a little titanium post that takes the place of the tooth root. They assist in preserving bony structure; they prevent the wearing away that naturally happens after a tooth is removed. With accurate procedural placement and enough time for recovery, the implant will have integrated into the bone, forming a solid foundation on which the prosthesis (a bridge, crown or denture) is placed. Adequate oral hygiene and routine treatments with your dentist are important for implant durability.
The Surgical Procedure
For the majority of individuals, the placement of dental implants entails two surgical treatments. First, implants are surgically fixed into the bone. Usually, the perfect time for this is three to six months after removal of the tooth. The implants stay underneath the surface of the gums, as the bone steadily grows into the implant surface. This takes place for three months following surgery, and during this period you can wear a temporary denture.
Making use of the most recent advances in dental implant techniques and technology, our doctors can place “immediate” implants or “single stage” implants. Single stage implants only require one treatment to uncover them. Immediate implants are placed alongside with the tooth extraction – further reducing the number of procedures.