What exactly are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is used to replace missing dentition without the need for a removable prosthetic appliance or fixed bridge. Alternatively, some patients use their implants to keep a denture in place if it’s ill-fitting or loose. Dental implants are surgically inserted under the gum line and directly into the bone. They are permanent and rely on a process that is referred to as osseointegration, which fuses the bone of your jaw with the implant post itself.
Why might you need Dental Implants?
In most cases, a patient will need a dental implant post if they are completely missing one or more teeth. The implant will replace the missing teeth, preventing the need for a partial denture or fixed bridge. Implants can be used to securely keep a denture plate in place if it continually slips or falls out. To determine if you may need an implant, you’ll need to come in for an examination and consultation.
What might make you a viable candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant surgery is performed efficiently and easily. Despite being considered an oral surgery, the procedure is relatively straightforward and done in-office by Dr. Dary. The process of osseointegration relies on solid, healthy bone structure to fully fuse with the implant. If you do not have solid bone density or suffer from bone loss, a graft may be required prior to the implant surgery. Patients who have medical disorders that affect their ability to heal may not be suitable for implant surgery.
What can you expect during the surgery for Dental Implants?
Initially, you’ll receive anesthetic or sedation of your choice prior to the implant being placed. Dr. Dary will then make a small incision through the gums and create a canal-like hole in the bone underneath. The actual implant is inserted into this hole and the gums sutured to promote healing. Over the next three or seven months, the implant will undergo osseointegration with the bone. We can then have a dental crown made for you that will be placed on top of the newly healed implant.
If you think you might need a dental implant or want to inquire more about this surgery, call us today and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.