Dental Implants are human-made replacements for the root of a tooth. If a patient has broken or missing teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, decay, or congenital defects, a dental implant can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or the entire upper or lower jawline.
Most Dental Implants are made of titanium and look similar in size and shape to the natural root of a tooth. Titanium is very strong and durable, and this material can fuse to the cells within the bone of your jaw over time.
How it Works
If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
When dentists place an implant in the upper or lower jaw, they often take CT scans, or three-dimensional images of the jaw, to find existing bone and its depth along with locations of nerves and sinuses. This process helps the dentist make sure that the implant is placed properly without causing unnecessary pain or complications. When placing the implant, modern technology allows for exact positioning and safety during the surgical procedure, such as surgical guides and computer-assisted dental planning software – ensuring that the implant is placed safely and correctly.
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if bone grafting can or needs to be done.
On average the healing time is at least three weeks! Some patients can take months to heal dependent on underlying medical conditions or if they are smokers.
Success Rate and Benefits of Dental Implants
As with most things, success is dependent on care and maintenance. Regular dental check ups are just as important for implants as they are for your natural teeth. Your dental team will inspect your whole mouth, including implants, because if your crown isn’t adjusted to your bite properly, the force could lead to bone loss and damage to the implant.
Dental Implants come with a number of benefits. When you’re looking for options to replace missing teeth, we offer many choices depending on your individual needs. Implants are a safe and proven way to replace your missing teeth without involving or compromising any adjacent teeth. Dr.Gaultier offers a variety of solutions for our patients, take a look here to learn more.