What Are Dental Implants?

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be an ideal solution for you. There are several benefits to dental implants. Read on as we discuss everything you need to know.

Getting To Know Dental Implants

Dental implants are a common and effective solution for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay or gum disease. Titanium screws are surgically placed into the jaw bone, where they act as artificial roots. Once the implants have fused with the bone, they can support replacement teeth. Abutments are needed to connect the prosthesis to the implants. 

Dental Implants Offer Several Benefits

One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which can slip or move around in the mouth, dental implants are fixed in place, providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth. This makes it easier to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Another advantage of dental implants is that they can help to preserve the integrity of the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, leading to a loss of facial structure and a sunken appearance. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone, encouraging new bone growth and helping to maintain the natural shape of the face.

What To Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure

The process of getting dental implants typically involves a few different steps. 

  • First, the patient must undergo a consultation with a dentist or oral surgeon to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure. This involves x-rays, CT scans and other diagnostic tests to assess the health of the jaw bone and the overall condition of the patient’s mouth.
  • If the patient is determined to be a good candidate, the next step is to surgically place the dental implants in the jaw bone. This is typically done under local anesthesia or sedation, depending on the patient’s preference and the complexity of the case. The surgery typically takes one to two hours.

After the surgery, the patient will need to allow the dental implants to heal and integrate with the jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, takes several months. During which time the patient may need to wear a temporary prosthesis. Once the dental implant(s) have fully healed, the patient returns to have the procedure completed.

Overall, dental implants are a reliable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth, offering a variety of benefits for patients. If you are considering dental implants, it’s important to do your research and find a qualified and experienced dentist or oral surgeon near you to perform the procedure. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime, giving you a beautiful and functional smile.

Make An Appointment With Radiance Dental

Dr. Cam-Tu Dalluge completed her comprehensive surgical and restorative dental implant training at the University of Minnesota and is up to date on the latest techniques and technologies to provide the best available care for our patients. We provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for regular cleanings and the treatments our patients need to put their best smiles forward.

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