A popular and permanent solution for those needing replacement teeth.
What are dental implants?
For patients with missing teeth, dental implants are a great solution. These artificial roots, usually made of titanium, provide a secure base for replacement teeth. They have become increasingly popular among patients who suffer with severe and chronic dental problems because they are an excellent, long-term solution that can make your teeth and mouth start to feel and look healthy again. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. The titanium fixture that the implants are grounded in actually fuses to the bones in the jaw which makes them incredibly secure to provide worry-free eating and smiling.
Who can get dental implants?
Dental implants can replace single teeth or multiple teeth, so patients needing only one tooth replaced may still be a candidate. However, if you are not in good health, have periodontal disease, or don’t have enough bone mass in your jaw to support the implants, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. If your jawbone does not have sufficient mass, you may be able to have a bone graft in order to build up the bone and move forward with implants in the future. To help determine if this the right fit for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pitner.
Since dental implants require surgery, the process begins with an evaluation of your health. You will have a detailed dental exam and review of your medical history and records. The whole process typically involves several procedures over time: removing damaged teeth, placing the implant(s), bone growth and healing, placing the abutment, and placing the crown (artificial tooth). Depending on your needs and the amount of work being done, the whole process can often take several months, especially if you require bone grafting in order to receive the implant(s). The end result is a new smile and a healthy mouth well worth the wait.
Depending on what type of anesthesia you choose, you may need someone to drive you home after your procedures. You may experience some swelling of your gums, bruising, minor bleeding, or pain at the site of the implant(s).
Although most dental implant surgeries are successful, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that success: continue practicing excellent oral hygiene, be consistent with follow up appointments, and avoid chewing on hard things or using tobacco products.