Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist, Periodontist or Oral Surgeon. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and can last a lifetime. They cannot get decay or periodontal disease.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
Maintain natural bone and minimize futher bone loss due to bone stimulation-one of their most important advantages.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants is fairly simple.
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 and integrate itself onto the bone. In some cases they can be loaded immediately.
Impressions are taken and sent to the laboratory, just like with a conventional restoration. Your new crown, bridge or denture is returned to the dental office and Dr. Rust will seat the restoration.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.