Dental implants are a dependable option for replacing missing teeth. They offer a permanent solution, whether you have lost one or multiple teeth, and can give you a natural-looking and functioning replacement.
Dental implants are a revolutionary solution for replacing missing teeth. These artificial roots provide a secure foundation for the placement of manufactured teeth, making them an ideal option for individuals looking to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even larger prostheses such as dentures. The placement of the implant not only stabilizes bone levels, but it can also prevent bone loss, resulting in greater long-term support, function, and esthetics. One of the major advantages of dental implants is that they do not require any alteration of adjacent teeth, making them a superior option compared to traditional methods. Additionally, they are an excellent way to stabilize dentures, giving patients the ability to enjoy a comfortable and secure fit.
What is the procedure for dental implants? Are dental implants safe?
The process of getting a dental implant begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Donelson, where the proposed site for the implant is visually examined. He will then assess whether any existing teeth need to be extracted. These procedures are typically conducted first to ensure that the patient has an adequate and strong bone structure at the implant site.
After a period of healing, typically a few months, the dental implant is surgically placed into the bone and a healing cap is placed over it to begin the healing phase. During this time, regular check-ups with the dentist are crucial to ensure proper healing and to monitor for any signs of infection around the surgical site. This step-by-step approach ensures that the implant is placed securely and will function properly for a long time.
What types of dental implants exist?
Dental implants come in various types, but two of the most popular options are endosteal and all-on-4. Endosteal implants, also known as traditional implants, are the most widely used dental implant option. They consist of a titanium metal rod that is surgically placed into the jawbone and a supportive post that is designed to securely hold a dental crown or bridge. All-on-4 implants, on the other hand, are a cutting-edge dental implant system that utilizes just four implants to support an entire top or bottom denture. These implants are strategically placed to ensure that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure, even under the pressure of everyday use. One of the major advantages of all-on-4 implants is that they promote faster patient recovery and reduce the risk of complications from possible implant failure.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The loss of teeth can be a difficult and emotionally challenging experience, as it can cause difficulty when chewing and speaking. Without treatment, the long-term consequences can be severe, such as tooth misalignment, jawbone weakening, facial structure changes, and bite imbalances. Dental implants are the best option for addressing tooth loss, providing an artificial root system to support the prosthetic tooth, and help to make replacement teeth feel more natural. Not only do they help to improve short-term issues, but they can also prevent long-term damage caused by tooth loss.
If you have more questions about dental implants, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.