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 and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a general dentist or a specialist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
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 it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
A CT scan and digital scan are taken of the jaw and teeth and put into a computer. This computer allows Dr Sannar to determine your bone amount and condition, gum tissue quantity, and spacing available for an implant. From this information Dr Sannar is able to virtually plan where the implant should be placed using the implant program. He then creates an acrylic implant placement guide that allows him to position the implant in the correct position with a high degree of accuracy. This guide is then placed in your mouth. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed using the guide into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Using a surgical guide eliminates guess work and reduces the risk of damage to the roots of existing teeth, nerve damage and bone damage. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “abutment post” that will hold the artificial tooth on the implant. With some implants the implant and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, lack of tobacco use alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.