For patients looking for a long-term solution to their smile problems, dental implants can correct a range of issues while providing a permanent restoration option. Implants can last for two to three decades, and it’s not uncommon for them to last longer than just a few decades. They can be used to replace a single tooth at a time or even keep a larger denture in place to prevent slippage. Implants are surgically inserted into the bone of your jaw. The actual implant will bond with this bone and becomes a permanent structure for crowns, dentures, and bridge work.
Who is a Candidate for Implants?
Because the surgery relies on solid and healthy bone structure, you need to have enough viable bone in the area for the implants to be placed. If you’re missing bone because of having advanced gum disease, we might suggest that you have bone grafting before any other work is performed. Likewise, you should be healthy enough to have oral surgery done. We will conduct a medical review before the procedure is done to determine if it’s right for you.
How is the Procedure Done?
The procedure is normally done under general anesthesia, though you can request local anesthetic if only one or two implants are needed. We will create a tiny incision through the gum line and drill the implant’s post into the bone. You will go home with important aftercare instructions to help with the actual healing process. The implant will heal and bond with the bone in about six to nine months, though this varies from one patient to the next. Once healed, we will make a restoration for the implant and put it into place.
Determining Your Eligibility
We will determine if you’re eligible for the procedure by examining your teeth and mouth. If there is bone loss in the area the implant will be placed, you might need a bone grafting or you may need another type of restoration option. Most patients who would like the implant procedure to be done can have it performed in our comfortable, state-of-the-art office. We take all measures necessary to ensure that your implants heal correctly and that they are placed in such a way as to provide you with years of beautiful use. Implants have become the go-to choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth and improving the smile.