Dental implants continue to revolutionize the field of dentistry. Techniques for placement are continually evolving, and the long-term success rate is increasing as users with implants are able to keep them year after year without problems. A reliable and long-lasting solution to missing teeth, dental implants transform lives with natural-looking, functional, and confident smiles.
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that serves as a replacement for a missing tooth root. It is surgically placed into the jawbone, upper or lower, where it fuses with the actual bone as it heals. It’s a process called osseointegration, where the body is able to heal around a foreign material, instead of becoming infected and rejecting it. This is why implants are made of titanium. The integration provides a stable foundation for a dental prosthesis, like a crown, bridge, or denture.
The Implant Placement Process
The placement of dental implants typically involves a few stages, each designed to ensure the success and longevity of the implant.
First, you will have a consultation with Dr. Sergio Guzman, our periodontist. He will evaluate your oral health, take necessary x-rays and scans, and then discuss your treatment options based on your specific needs and goals. Dr. Guzman will answer all of your questions before proceeding.
The next step would be to address any problems that would prevent the successful placement of the dental implant. For example, implantation requires an adequate amount of healthy jawbone to support the implant. If there isn’t sufficient density, Dr. Guzman will discuss a bone augmentation procedure like bone grafting.
Any active gum disease can compromise the success of dental implants. It is crucial to have healthy gums and stable oral health. Therefore, any gum disease or other issues will be treated and resolved prior to implant placement to ensure a favorable outcome.
Some medical conditions might mean that a person isn’t a good candidate for dental implants. Smoking and tobacco use can significantly hinder the success of dental implants as they delay healing and increase the risk of infections. These issues will be discovered during the initial exam and discussed during the consultation.
If you are ready for implant placement, Dr. Guzman will place the dental implant into the jawbone beneath the gum line. It is a minor surgery, but we have sedation methods to help you feel comfortable during the procedure. You will be sent home with care instructions, and the implant site will heal over the next few months as the titanium Osseointegrates with the bone.
Finally, your new titanium tooth root will receive a prosthesis or the top part of the tooth. Usually, a crown is placed over the post. Bridges, dentures, or a complete arch replacement are also options. The replacements are designed to match the size and color of your natural teeth and not look out of place.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental Implants offer numerous benefits compared to traditional tooth replacement options, such as removable dentures or bridges. Improved appearance is a notable advantage. Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth, even enhancing your smile and facial aesthetics. They are customized by our cosmetic dentists to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, providing a natural look.
Implants restore full chewing functionality, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without discomfort or dietary restrictions. They provide stability. You will never have to deal with slippage, unlike you might with removable dentures.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are highly durable and resistant to decay, offering a reliable, long-term solution for tooth replacement. Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Brushing and flossing every day, and attending routine dental check-ups are essential for maintaining the health and longevity of your dental implants.
If you’re considering dental implants, contact us for a consultation. We’ll guide you through the process and help you regain your confidence and oral well-being. Say goodbye to missing teeth and embrace the transformative experience of dental implants today!