What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant replaces a tooth root from a lost tooth and acts as a stable anchor to attach a tooth restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants are made of biocompatible titanium materials and this titanium post is implanted in the jawbone.
Over 3 to 6 months, this implant fuses with the jawbone to form an artificial tooth root that is sturdy and does not move. Once the restoration is complete, you will have an artificial tooth that looks and feels natural, restoring your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. Implants also prevent bone loss.
Did you know…
Dental implants last for 25 years to life.
How it works: The Dental Implant process
At your consultation, the doctor will take X-rays to determine if you have enough jawbone to support implants or if you will need a bone graft procedure.
We will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth before making an incision into your gums and drilling into your jawbone to implant the titanium post into the bone.
There will be a waiting period of 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to take place. This is when the jawbone grows around the implant and they fuse.
After osseointegration has been completed successfully, we will perform a second oral surgery. Your gums will be reopened to attach an abutment to your implant.
Impressions are taken of your teeth to create a tooth restoration in the form of a dental crown, bridge, or denture. This will take a few weeks to be fabricated and will then be attached to the implant or implants.
Dental Implant Options
Single Tooth Implants
Traditional dental implants are used to replace a single tooth. The tooth restoration used to complete the artificial tooth is a dental crown, which can be made of various materials like zirconia or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Implant supported bridges
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, except for instead of securing the bridge in place with dental crowns, the bridge is anchored by dental implants. The implants act as a sturdy support for the pontic teeth which are suspended in the gap where there are missing teeth. This is a great option to replace a few missing teeth.
Full Arch Implants
Full arch implants involve placing a series of 4 to 6 implants to support an entire arch of teeth. These implants securely hold a denture in place so it doesn’t shift around. This combines the best aspects of both dentures and dental implants. You can choose between a fixed or removable prosthesis.
All On Four implants involve placing four implants into the jaw to support an entire arch of teeth. We can do this with just four implants by placing two implants toward the front of the jaw and placing two at the back at a 45-degree angle. A denture is then attached to these implants.
Did you know…
Dental implants are low maintenance.